Then-vice presidential candidates Tim Kaine and Mike Pence in Virginia in 2016. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images

Salt Lake City will host the 2020 vice president debate in October with a smaller live audience than originally planned because of the coronavirus pandemic, per the Salt Lake Tribune.

Why it matters: Less than three months before the debate, it's still not known who will join Vice President Mike Pence on stage.

By the numbers: Only 150 to 200 people are expected to attend the debate in person, while millions of others will watch on television or online.

  • The 90-minute event, set for Oct. 7 at the University of Utah, will be the first national debated hosted by the state, according to the Tribune.

The big picture: Former Vice President Joe Biden is still whittling down his list of potential running mates. On Monday, Biden said four Black women are on his list and that his vetting team has so far briefed him on four candidates.

Go deeper: College students want Warren as Biden's VP pick

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First presidential debate moved from Notre Dame to Cleveland

The stage at the ninth Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas. Photo: Bridget Bennett/AFP via Getty Images

The first presidential debate on Sept. 29 will be moved from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana to a Cleveland site co-hosted by Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic due to coronavirus concerns, organizers announced Monday.

Why it matters: This is another reminder that the coronavirus has changed the presidential election as we know it.

2020 attention tracker: Biden succeeding in making it about Trump

Data: Newswhip; Graphic: Axios Visuals

Even after emerging from his Delaware basement, Joe Biden has consumed less and less of the national conversation while his polling lead over President Trump has swelled, according to data from NewsWhip provided exclusively to Axios.

Why it matters: Trump's punches aren't landing. Biden is avoiding heightened scrutiny while Trump absorbs the blowback for his responses to national crises.

Updated Jul 27, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Axios-NewsWhip 2020 attention tracker: Biden succeeding in making it about Trump

Data: Newswhip; Graphic: Axios Visuals

Even after emerging from his Delaware basement, Joe Biden has consumed less and less of the national conversation while his polling lead over President Trump has swelled, according to data from NewsWhip provided exclusively to Axios.

Why it matters: Trump's punches aren't landing. Biden is avoiding heightened scrutiny while Trump absorbs the blowback for his responses to national crises.