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Lafayette College Will Not Hold VP Debate in Fall

Lafayette College

The excitement surrounding a possible Vice Presidential debate coming to Lafayette College and Easton on September 25 went by the wayside on Monday.

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced on Monday that it is releasing Lafayette and three other college campuses from their contracts.

“Given the letter dated May 15, 2024 from Jen O’Malley Dillon, Campaign Chair for the Biden-Harris Campaign, in which the Biden-Harris Campaign informed the Commission that President Biden will not agree to debate under the sponsorship of the Commission during the 2024 general election campaign, it is unfair to ask the four campuses to continue to prepare for their debates, as they have been doing since their November, 2023 selection,” said CPD Co-Chairs Antonia Hernández and Frank Fahrenkopf in a statement.

“We are grateful to the sites, and we are sorry to come to this decision. We are dismayed that students of the four campuses will not have the opportunity to participate in these historic voter education forums.”

The announcement comes weeks after President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and former President Donald Trump opted out of CPD-sponsored debates, choosing instead to participate in debates hosted by CNN, ABC News and CBS News.

Hernández and Fahrenkopf noted that the CPD stands ready to sponsor 2024 debates should circumstances change.

“The reason for the CPD’s creation remains compelling: a neutral organization with no other role during the general election is well-positioned to offer formats that focus on the candidate and the issues that are most important to the American people.”

“Lafayette respects the decision of the CPD and appreciates that it has enjoyed national and international media attention over the last several months as a result of the CPD’s having chosen the College as its VP debate location,” an announcement reads in the Lafayette Today, which was emailed to campus on Tuesday.

Other institutions that were released from the contracts are Texas State University, Virginia State University, and the University of Utah.

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