The problem with presidential debates
Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr. and Michael D. McCurry, co-chairmen of the Commission on Presidential Debates at last week's event in New York.
October 22nd, 2012
12:14 PM ET
7 years ago

The problem with presidential debates

(CNN) -– For 25 years, a private non-profit group of roughly a dozen people, operating without oversight, has been running America's presidential and vice-presidential debates.

To some, the Commission on Presidential Debates is a political hero, providing thoughtful stability and ensuring that U.S. presidential candidates do in fact debate each other. Multiple times. In a dignified setting.


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  1. Travis

    There's actually two problems with presidential debates nowadays: Democrats and Republicans

    October 22, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Pete

    Even these non profit groups can be exploited and Romneys money from conservative Super Pacs is the key.The Mormon moron wants this position at all costs and hes trying like hell to buy it if he has too,no cost is too great and these unpatriotic republicans with their millionairs,billionaires just might do it!!

    October 22, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    Ryan=epic fail

    October 22, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. 2020

    They should add one rule: debating candidate must be 5 feet from each other at all time.

    In the seconed debate, I am not sure what Romney's intent by closing in on the president. Did he want to swing the President? like son like father. May be get a secret agent stand in between them to protect the integrity of the Presidency.

    October 22, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Problem with presidential debates is the media's failure to instantaneously fact check.
    Bunch of charts, lines, and doo-dahs. I'd be more impressed with a media effort to highlight the facts and who's lying.
    Perhaps if candidates in 2012 knew that they would be called-out for their "truth enhancements" they'd be less likely to lie.

    October 22, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |