The Citizens' Debate Commission
It's time to fix the presidential debate process. The CPD deprives voters of an accurate choice and robust debate. Under CPD sponsorship, debate viewership has declined.
The presidential debates cannot be fixed through legal or legislative channels. The only viable solution is to replace the CPD with a truly nonpartisan sponsor committed to maximizing voter education. "It is not a bi- or tripartisan commission that is needed, but a neutral commission," said Marvin Kalb, former moderator of "Meet the Press."
In 2004, Open Debates formed a nonpartisan Citizens' Debate Commission to sponsor future presidential debates. The Citizens' Debate Commission consists of national civic leaders from the left, center and right of the political spectrum who are committed to maximizing voter education. The Citizens' Debate Commission has been endorsed by dozens of newspapers around the country, such as the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Sun-Times.
The following sixteen civic leaders have served on the Citizens' Debate Commission:
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Following in the footsteps of the League of Women Voters, the Citizens' Debate Commission would operate with full transparency and sponsor debates that serve American voters, not political parties, first. The Citizens' Debate Commission would employ engaging formats and fair candidate selection criteria.
The higher values of democracy and voter education would be restored to the presidential debates by the Citizens' Debate Commission.