I don’t think anybody could blame them. 

Courtesy of Reuters:

The University of Notre Dame said on Monday it has pulled out as host of the first 2020 U.S. presidential debate on Sept. 29 due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, so the event’s location will be shifted to Cleveland.

The first debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden, will now be co-hosted by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic, the Commission on Presidential Debates said.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, president of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, said in a statement that the health precautions necessary to stage the debate “would have greatly diminished the educational value of hosting the debate on our campus.” Student attendance would be restricted and volunteer opportunities minimized, Jenkins said.

The re-location marks the second time a debate site has been moved due to the pandemic. In June, the University of Michigan bowed out of the second presidential debate on Oct. 15, and the event was shifted to Miami.

A third presidential debate will be held in Nashville on Oct. 22. A debate between Vice President Mike Pence and the yet unnamed Democratic vice presidential nominee will be held in Salt Lake City on Oct. 7.

I would not be surprised to see all of these venues eventually reject the opportunity to host the debates due to this out of control pandemic. 

And I have to say that I would counsel against Joe Biden going anywhere near Florida anytime soon, as that place is riddled with the virus and he might catch it simply by landing in the Miami airport. 

We might actually see the makings of the first Zoom hosted presidential debates. 

Just imagine how hard it will be for Trump to sit still and answer questions without an audience to respond to him.