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Notre Dame withdraws from hosting first presidential debate due to coronavirus

The University of Notre Dame announced Monday it will withdraw from hosting the first presidential debate in September due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

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The University of Notre Dame announced Monday it will withdraw from hosting the first presidential debate in September due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

The debate, scheduled for Sept. 29, will now take place at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Notre Dame said in a statement that Father John Jenkins, the president of the university, "made what he called 'this difficult decision because the necessary health precautions would have greatly diminished the educational value of hosting the debate on our campus.'"

Notre Dame's announcement comes after The University of Michigan withdrew from hosting the second presidential debate last month. That debate will now be held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.