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University of Utah prepares for Vice Presidential Debate, expects 100 million viewers

Posted at 5:44 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 12:34:50-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah, the Utah Debate Commission and the national Commission on Presidential Debates briefed Utah reporters on plans for the October 7 Vice Presidential debate to be held at Kingsbury Hall on the campus of the U.

Like so much these days, it will be different than they pictured a few months ago.

The 1900 seat theater will likely have 150 people spread out in the audience.

No elbow-to-elbow spin room where candidate surrogates say their person won regardless of what actually happened.

They expect fewer national and international reporters than they've hosted in years past.

Some things will be the same.

As many as 100 million people will be watching on TV and watching and listening online, the Secret Service will take over much of campus, and the people in the theater will be sternly told to keep quiet.

The unknowns?

Who will debate Vice President Mike Pence? Presumed Democratic Nominee Joe Biden says it will be a woman. Otherwise we don't know.

Who will ask the questions? The commission expects to announce moderators for the VP debate and the three Presidential Debates in September.