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The University of Michigan has been selected to host a presidential debate on Oct. 15, 2020.

The Commission of Presidential Debates made the announcement on Friday, Oct. 11.

The debate will take place at the university's Crisler Center.

It will be the second in a series of three presidential debates next year prior to the November election.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for the university community to contribute to our democracy, while setting an example of civic engagement and shining a light on the outstanding academic strengths of our institution," said U-M President Mark Schlissel. "Public service and civic engagement are at the core of our great university and its history."

The Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox issued the following statement in regards to the announcement:

"Today’s announcement by the Commission on Presidential Debates shows that path to the White House in 2020 clearly goes through Michigan. It is a great honor for our state to host such a pivotal event for our democracy. The Michigan Republican Party looks forward to showing the world how President Trump’s historic accomplishments have created tremendous growth, prosperity and progress in our state.”

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