Commission on Presidential Debates now accepting host applications for 2020 debates

The Commission on Presidential Debates is soliciting applications from sites looking to host debates in the 2020 presidential and vice presidential contests.

The commission, which opened its application process Wednesday, laid out a tall order in its call for submissions.

Any debate will require an air-conditioned venue of at least 15,000 square feet and a media filing center of at least 20,000 square feet, as well as nearby hotels that can provide at least 3,000 rooms for the event.


Those requirements come on top of a demand that any host city has “adequate air and ground transportation networks” and a “guarantee of complete city services, including public safety personnel,” according to a list of qualifications posted on the commission’s website.

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The current call for applications is only for general election debates. Primary debates are arranged by the political parties.

Prospective hosting sites will have to submit their applications by April 2 to be considered for hosting a debate, according to the commission’s website.

The call for applications comes as Democrats prepare for a primary season that is expected to draw well over a dozen presidential hopefuls.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) entered the 2020 race this week, announcing that she was forming an exploratory committee that will allow her to begin raising money for a White House bid.

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro did the same last month and is expected to announce a formal decision on a presidential bid on Jan. 12.

Meanwhile, dozens of other Democrats, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and outgoing Rep. Beto O’RourkeBeto O’RourkeBiden will help close out Texas Democrats’ virtual convention: report O’Rourke on Texas reopening: ‘Dangerous, dumb and weak’ Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (Texas), are also said to be considering challenges to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in 2020.

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