What is the Commission on Presidential Debates?
The Commission on Presidential Debates is a private, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization. As a 501(c)(3) organization, it is eligible under federal law to serve as a debate sponsor. Their primary mission is to ensure, for the benefit of the American electorate, that general election debates are held every four years between and among the leading candidates for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States.
The Commission on Presidential Debates is an independent organization. It is not controlled by any political party or outside organization, and it does not endorse, support, or oppose political candidates or parties. It receives no funding from the government or any political party, political action committee or candidate. The Commission on Presidential Debates has sponsored general election presidential debates in every election since 1988. Plans for the 2020 debates are underway, and it looks forward to bringing high-quality, educational debates to the electorate.Learn More About the Commission on Presidential Debates