City of Hartford Being Considered to Host 2020 Presidential Debate


Michelle Brodsky, Staff Writer

With about a year and a half to go until the next presidential election, much contention has arisen throughout the nation.

President Donald Trump has long been maligned by the media, and many have begun to wonder who his opponent will be in 2020.

A slew of Democrats have already launched their presidential campaigns, and the current state of polarization is bound to make the 2020 race quite interesting.

Just the other day, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin announced that Hartford is one of the six cities being considered to host a presidential or vice presidential debate.

The application to the Commission on Presidential debates was submitted by the mayor and a group of local marketing and public relations professionals led by Mary Coursey.

According to the original statement, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving sponsored the application fee, believing that this election will be incredibly consequential.

Mayor Bronin stated, “hosting a presidential debate would give us an opportunity to highlight not only our progress and strength but also our challenges, many of which will be front and center in the 2020 presidential campaign – from inequality to how we can create inclusive growth in a rapidly changing economy.”

Hartford is the only city currently being considered, with the rest of the locations being various universities, such as Belmont University in Nashville, and the University of Michigan.

If Hartford is indeed selected, it will not be a novel experience as Bill Clinton and Bob Dole debated each other in Hartford back in 1996.