Hofstra to Host First Presidential Debate

Hofstra University will hold the first Presidential debate at its Hempstead campus this fall on September 26.

Wayne State University in Ohio was originally scheduled to host the debate but backed out over concerns of security and costs involved.

The debate will be the first of three scheduled clashes between Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump.

“Hofstra University is honored to be called on to host the first presidential debate on Sept. 26, 2016. This is an extraordinary privilege and responsibility,” said Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz. “We greatly appreciate the faith shown in us by the Commission on Presidential Debates, and we have begun preparations for a very successful debate.”

Hofstra hosted presidential debates in 2008 between then-Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain and in 2012 between President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney.  It will be the first university to host three consecutive presidential debates.

The debate itself is produced and sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a non-partisan, non-profit organization, which controls all aspects of debate production.

All tickets allocated to Hofstra University from the Commission will be distributed via lottery to current students in the days before the debate, as recommended by the CPD and consistent with past practices of debate hosts.  Tickets will not be available through Hofstra University personnel, and tickets are not available through any means at this point in time.

Hofstra is the largest private college in Long Island with over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Presidential Debate Schedule

Sep 26, 2016 First presidential debate, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Oct 4, 2016 Vice presidential debate, Longwood University, Farmville, VA
Oct 9, 2016 Second presidential debate, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Oct 19, 2016 Third presidential debate, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV