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Vice Presidential Debate Virtual Watch Party

October 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm MDT

Vice Presidential Debate 2020

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced today the University of Utah has been selected to host the vice presidential debate on Oct. 7, 2020, at Kingsbury Hall, Nancy Peery Marriott Auditorium. This is the first time a national debate will be hosted in Utah.

The Commission on Presidential Debates is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization and has sponsored all general election presidential and vice presidential debates since 1988.

“It is a tremendous honor to host a vice presidential debate and we are delighted to have this opportunity to showcase our university and our state,” said Ruth Watkins, president of the University of Utah. “I am excited for our students to be able to participate in this important component of the political process. It will be an incredible educational experience for them. Civic engagement is a core value of our democracy and students will be able to see firsthand how being involved in the political process matters.”

Utah is the only western state selected for one of three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate.


Limited tickets to attend the debate at Kingsbury Hall in-person are ONLY being made available to current University of Utah students. On Tuesday, September 29, students should check their UMail accounts for a link to enter the lottery drawing for a ticket.

Live Viewing

All current University of Utah students are invited to attend a virtual student watch party offered by the Union Programming Council and the Hinckley Institute of Politics. REGISTRATION SPOTS ARE LIMITED.

7:00 – 8:30 pm: Vice Presidential Debate
Play bingo and win great prizes during the debate

8:30 – 9:30 pm: Moderated Discussion
Stick around to discuss the debate and why it’s important to be civically engaged.

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