Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin just announced that Hartford is one of the six cities that are being considered to host a presidential or vice presidential debate next year.
The statement reports the Mayor and a group of local marketing and public relations professionals led by Mary Coursey helped put together the application to the Commission on Presidential Debates with support from Governor Lamont and the congressional delegation.
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving generously sponsored the application fee, the statement said.
Mayor Bronin said in the statement, “The 2020 presidential election is one of the most consequential elections in our nations history, and we would be proud to host a debate here in Hartford. Hosting a presidential debate would give us an opportunity to highlight not only our progress and strength, but also our challenges, many of which will be front and center in the 2020 presidential campaign – from inequality to how we can create inclusive growth in a rapidly changing economy.”
Hartford is the only city being considered. The rest of the applicants are universities such as Belmont University in Nashville as well as the University of Utah and the University of Michigan to name a few.
If Hartford is selected to host a debate, it wouldn’t be the first time. Some may remember that Bill Clinton and Bob Dole debated each other in October of 1996 at the Bushnell Theater.