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Commission on Presidential Debates

Do the Democrats Offer a Progressive Choice for President?

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 10.11.2015 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

What choices do progressives have? Hillary Clinton leaves a lot to be desired. She does favor a woman's right to choose and has recently come out in support of marriage equality. But, Clinton has been called a "focus group Democrat," often accused of believing what polls and focus groups tell her she should believe.

Most Working Women Are Put in a Bind, Not a Binder

Beverly Wettenstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Beverly Wettenstein

Women deserve pay parity, not parody in comic binders. Study the candidates' voting records on issues important to working women and our families.

A Perspective on the Debates

Murray Fromson | Posted 12.30.2012 | Politics
Murray Fromson

Would Obama have had to struggle at all to correct the negative image had it not been for that initial debate and his inept ability to neutralize Romney? Probably not.

Are Both Presidential Candidates Afraid of What Candy Crowley Might Ask?

Greta Van Susteren | Posted 12.15.2012 | Media
Greta Van Susteren

There is no question that Candy Crowley is a pro with years and years of real experience... but if a candidate fears what Candy might ask at a debate, what happens when the candidate faces world leaders? Shrink and run?

Obama, Romney Campaigns Raise Objections About Candy Crowley

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 12.15.2012 | Media

In a rare show of unity, both the Obama and Romney campaigns have complained to the Commission on Presidential Debates about CNN's Candy Crowley, who ...

The Rest of the Debates Have Been Cancelled

Jim Worth | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Jim Worth

Calling Mitt Romney the winner, as so many pundits did the next day, would be a misnomer and would ignore the substance of the presentations. The term 'bully' would have been more accurate.

Round One: A Post-Debate Post-Mortem

Alan Schroeder | Posted 12.07.2012 | Media
Alan Schroeder

Reportedly it was the Obama campaign that insisted on lecterns, deeming them more presidential. Yet in several ways this preference ended up hurting Barack Obama.

Social Media and the Presidential Debates

2morrowknight | Posted 12.03.2012 | Technology

Social media will be to this election what television was to the 1960 victory of John Kennedy, and what radio was to the multiple victories in the '30s and '40s of Franklin Roosevelt.

How to Cheat in a Presidential Debate

Keith Thomson | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Keith Thomson

During a 2008 Republican primary debate, moderator Tim Russert asked Mitt Romney, "Will you do for Social Security what Ronald Reagan did in 1983?" A disembodied whisper of "He raised taxes" followed. Romney appeared to take note before answering Russert, "I'm not going to raise taxes."

WATCH: Why the Debates Are "All We've Got Left"

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Last week, I spoke with Kathleen Hall Jamieson, founder of, about what Americans deserve to hear from Obama and Romney during the debates, as well as why she considers the debates "all that we've got left" to spread truth and knowledge.

No End To Criticism As Debates Arrive

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 10.02.2012 | Media

With just a day to go until the first presidential debate, there's been no let-up in the pressure and criticism directed at the Commission on Presiden...

Groups Demand To See Secret Presidential Debate Contract

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 11.27.2012 | Media

Eighteen good-governance and media watchdog groups demanded on Thursday to see the lengthy, and secret, contract governing the upcoming presidential d...

Crowley Speaks Out On New Post

Posted 08.15.2012 | Media

CNN's Candy Crowley, who was named a presidential debate moderator for the 2012 election, spoke out on being the first woman in 20 years to hold such ...

Which Female Debate Moderator Would You Select?

Posted 08.10.2012 | Media

As the 2012 presidential election approaches convention season, some have been wondering who will moderate the upcoming presidential debates and if th...

Where Are the Role Models?

Terry Newell | Posted 10.06.2012 | Education
Terry Newell

Young people learn not just from their textbooks but from the way adults treat them. They learn not only from flowery words but from factual deeds.

DU Releases Details For 2012 Presidential Debate

Posted 02.21.2012 | Denver

You can't fault them for timing. Officials at the University of Denver spent Presidents Day unveiling preparations (and a fancy new logo) for the 201...

University Of Denver To Host First Presidential Debate

Posted 12.31.2011 | Denver

The University of Denver has been selected by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) to host the first of three 2012 Presidential debates. De...

'A Vast Wasteland': 50th Anniversary Of A Classic Speech

The New York Times | JAMES WARREN | Posted 07.07.2011 | Media

Sitting high above the Loop with Newton Minow, I realized that history buried his lede -- to his everlasting good fortune....

Never Again! No More Focus Groups Please!

Linda Bergthold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

As we watch the debates on CNN, we too are influenced by the response lines, and after the debate is over, the influence of these small groups increases disproportionately.

Meet Your Debate Sponsors!

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

That's right -- from the people who wiretap your phones and are praying for a government bailout comes the totally fair and nonpartisan vice presidential debate!

First Presidential Debate Shortchanges The World

Susan Morgan and Jirair Ratevosian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Susan Morgan and Jirair Ratevosian

Sorry, world. Now that the United States has its own economic crisis, we're apparently too busy to discuss issues like genocide, global poverty, AIDS and the vast array of problems that affect the majority of the global community.

Tonight's Debate: Will Our Children Fare Better than Us?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

This debate underscored the central question that each of us must ask ourselves before choosing our next president: Will our children and our children's children fare better than us?

Long History of Debates?

Kate Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kate Kelly

With the fate of tonight's first presidential debate still uncertain, it is a good time to look back at when the tradition of holding presidential deb...