The Commission on Presidential Debates announced today that Lafayette College has been selected to host the 2024 vice presidential debate on Wednesday, Sept. 25, the first time the College has been chosen as the site for this tradition in American politics.
“It is a tremendous honor to host a vice presidential debate. We are delighted to open our campus for this important part of our nation’s democratic process and help bring this debate to the American electorate,” said Lafayette College President Nicole Hurd.
“Over the years, we have welcomed to our campus eight sitting, former, or future presidents and vice presidents,” she said. “Our namesake, the Marquis de Lafayette, is renowned for his historic leadership of democratic values. With our civic-minded campus and traditions, Lafayette will proudly represent Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley, which always play a pivotal role in national politics.”
Hurd noted that the vice presidential debate will provide a valuable educational opportunity for the Lafayette community to witness a moment in U.S. history and engage in the democratic process.
“For nearly 200 years, Lafayette has prepared its students to become compassionate, ethical leaders by helping them understand and get involved in consequential issues facing our nation and the world,” she said. “This opportunity will only enhance and inspire those meaningful conversations as we present our vibrant campus to a national audience.”
The debate will be held in Kirby Sports Center. Additional details, including the format and moderators, will be announced in 2024 by the Commission on Presidential Debates, the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has sponsored all general election presidential and vice presidential debates since 1988.
The Commission also announced locations for the presidential debates:
- Monday, September 16: Texas State University, San Marcos, TX
- Tuesday, October 1: Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA
- Wednesday, October 9: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
CPD Co-Chairs Frank Fahrenkopf and Antonia Hernández stated: “The United States’ general election debates, watched live worldwide, are a model for many other countries: the opportunity to hear and see leading candidates address serious issues in a fair and neutral setting. This tradition remains unbroken since 1976. In 2024, students at our four debate sites will help bring another set of historic conversations to audiences here and abroad. And their campuses will anchor four unique chances to listen and learn.
“We are deeply grateful to the University of Utah for hosting its second general election debate, to Lafayette College and Texas State University for the first CPD debates in Pennsylvania and Texas, and to Virginia State University for the first debate ever held at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).”
The CPD was established in 1987 and has sponsored and produced all general election presidential and vice presidential debates since then. The CPD receives no funding from the government or any political party or campaign.