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No Presidential Candidates at the Al Smith Dinner, This Month

October 5, 2020 --

The Al Smith Dinner, held the third Thursday in October (October 15, 2020) will not be the venue of dueling barbs from the major presidential candidates, this year. 

LPR has seen nothing in the media on the subject, and the Al Smith dinner people have not responded to LPR emails. Nevertheless, as the second debate between the president and Joe Biden is scheduled for the evening of October 15, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, moderated by C-Span's Steve Scully,  LPR cannot see how it is possible that the candidates can be in two places the same evening. 

This is not to say that there will be no barbs hurled at each other by the candidates, October 15; the hurling will just take place in Miami, instead of New York City.  

The third presidential debate between the candidates will take place at Belmont University in Nashville, moderated by Kristen Welker, NBC News. 

LPR wonders if the vice presidential candidates might sub, as the title indicates, for the heads of ticket at the Al Smith October 15 dinner.


P.S. Apparently, there was a change in the date for the Al Smith dinner.  According to a report LPR happened to notice in the New York Post, the dinner was apparently held on the first Thursday of October, this year, not on the third Thursday, and the presidential candidates sent in pre-recorded video statements. 

LPR regrets the misinformation.