Monday the university released a statement announcing they hoped to be a component of the 2016 campaign. In 2008, Belmont, a private christian university hosted he only town hall debate in the state of Tennessee. The debate was between then U.S. Senator Barack Obama and U.S. Senator John McCain. According to Belmont, this debate was also the only town hall meeting that citizens could ask the candidates questions directly.
The President of Belmont, Bob Fisher, has said the debate brought a lot of good to the students, the university, and the city. “We believe our students, this university, the city of Nashville and the state of Tennessee all received tremendous civic, educational and economic benefits from the entire experience,” he said.
Over 6 million people tuned into the debate in 2008. The university was also responsible for more than 100 educational and entertainment events associated with the debate.
Belmont is planning on applying before the March 31st deadline. The application will go through the Commission on Presidential Debates.