Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, left, former Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and former Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright participate a Utah gubernatorial Republican primary debate in June. The Utah Debate Commission has set its schedule for general election debates. | Ivy Ceballo, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — A vice presidential debate at the University of Utah will highlight the Utah Debate Commission’s 2020 general election schedule.
A 90-minute debate between Republican Vice President Mike Pence and whoever former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, chooses as his running mate is slated for Oct. 7 at Kingsbury Hall.
“We encourage all Utahns to engage in the electoral process by listening to the candidates and learning about their positions regarding the most important topics of our time, and then exercise the right to vote,” said Karen Hale, debate commission co-chairwoman.
The debates will be carried live by the commission’s media partners, streamed online and on Facebook Live. Debates will start at 6 p.m., except the vice presidential debate. They will also be available on the commission’s website and social channels after they air.
The commission requires candidates to meet a certain threshold in public opinion polls to qualify for the debate, which typically eliminates third-party candidates.
2020 general election debate schedule:
1st Congressional District, Sep. 24, Democrat Darren Parry faces Republican Blake Moore
Governor, Sept. 29, Republican Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox faces Democrat Chris Peterson
Attorney General, Oct. 1, Republican Attorney General Sean Reyes faces Democrat Greg Skordas
4th Congressional District, Oct. 12, Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams faces Republican Burgess Owens
3rd Congressional District, Oct. 15, Republican Rep. John Curtis faces Democrat Devin Thorpe
2nd Congressional District, Oct. 19, Republican Rep. Chris Stewart face Democrat Kael Weston
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