Notre Dame Cancels Plans To Host Presidential Debate Due To Coronavirus Concerns

November’s presidential election is less than 100 days out. We’re inching closer and closer towards President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden officially facing off on the debate stage.

The University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, was scheduled to host the first debate.

However, those plans have since changed after the Catholic university announced its decision to cancel an on-campus presidential debate planned for Sept. 29 due to coronavirus concerns.

“After consultation with Dr. Mark Fox, St. Joseph County deputy health officer, and with the unanimous support of the Executive Committee of the University’s Board of Trustees, Father [John] Jenkins made what he called ‘this difficult decision because the necessary health precautions would have greatly diminished the educational value of hosting the debate on our campus,’” a statement from the university read.

Jenkins concluded by declaring that “despite this decision, I hope we will all remain attuned to the many important issues facing our nation during this election year — and, please, let’s exercise our right and privilege to vote on Tuesday, November 3.”

Last month, the University of Michigan canceled plans to hold the second presidential debate of the season on its Ann Arbor campus on Oct. 15.

Beyond that, Biden has been making a slew of headlines for all of the wrong reasons. 

Earlier this month, Biden unveiled his plan to “get our kids to market swiftly.”

“…to get our people to work and our kids to school safely. To get our kids to market swiftly. To power clean energy revolution in this country, we need to modernize America’s infrastructure,” said Biden.

Speculation has also been rife over who Biden will select as his running mate.

Politico accidentally published an article on Tuesday declaring that Biden has chosen California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris to be his running mate.

Politico quickly scrubbed the article after it was published, but it’s certainly plausible that insiders tipped-off Politico and gave them a heads up on Biden’s VP pick.

Biden is supposed to be announcing his running mate next week, so it would make sense if his team told Politico a week early so they could prepare stories for the announcement.

Biden declared earlier this year that his VP will be a woman.

After vowing to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court, Biden said during a Democratic debate: “Secondly, if I’m elected president, my Cabinet, my administration will look like the country, and I commit that I will, in fact, appoint a woman to be vice president. There are a number of women qualified to be president tomorrow. I would pick a woman to be my vice president.”

It seems like Harris may be the frontrunner given Biden has mentioned her name several times in recent months.

Biden previously said during an online campaign event that he’s coming for Harris.

Biden said: “I’m so lucky to have you be a part of this partnership going forward. Working together, we can make a great deal of progress. … I’m coming for you, kid.”