This kind of just got thrown into our lap,” Jon Schuck, Special Agent in Charge of the Secret Service’s Cleveland field office, told cleveland.com in a phone interview this week. “Typically, we have several months to plan something like this. We have a little over a month.”
Schuck said the Secret Service in Cleveland was not involved in the planning or selection processes, and only learned this week that the city would host a debate.
So there will be three debates as is the standard.
The Commission on Presidential Debates is a non-partisan group established to organize debates. It was started in 1987 by the chairs of both the Democratic and Republican parties.
The first presidential debate is set to take place September 29 at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, with two more scheduled for October 15 at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami and October 22 at Nashville’s Belmont University. The vice presidential debate is scheduled for October 7 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
“It will be a challenge, but we’re not concerned,” he said. “We’ll still come up with a plan,
So maybe we will have the usual three presidential debates. Nice to know.