2:35 p.m.: According to LMU This Week, the men's basketball game originally scheduled for Dec. 19 will be relocated as to not interfere with the debate.
Cristobal Spielmann, a sophomore environmental science major, asst. opinion editor and reporter for the Loyolan's Election 2020 coverage, stated that he hopes the candidates will take the opportunity to discuss issues pertaining to students in Westchester and LA.
"[Issues] like student debt, the homelessness crisis, water access and environmental problems. Even if we don't live in Iowa or New Hampshire and are a solid blue state, our voices should matter just as much to the next potential president," said Spielmann.
1:42 p.m.: "As a leading intellectual center, LMU values diversity, a principle expressed through varying viewpoints," Snyder said to LMU Newsroom. "Our educational environment is enriched by a free exchange of ideas as LMU seeks to model a culture of inclusivity, honoring multiple perspectives and championing civil discourse, which is often missing in the current political climate."
1:30 p.m.: The opportunity to host the debate arose when UCLA, the original site of the debate, stepped down as host due to controversy in regards to the local organized labor community, according to Politico.
Also according to Politico, the candidates that have qualified to participate in the debate include Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, California Sen. Kamala Harris and former Vice President Joe Biden.
LMU will host the sixth Democratic presidential candidate debate on Dec. 19, according to the Democratic National Committee. The debate will be held in Gersten Pavilion.
“We welcome the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to campus, continuing LMU’s long-standing tradition of rigorous inquiry, debate, and civic engagement,” said President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D. in a statement to LMU.
The Loyolan is following this story as it develops.