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The League of Women Voters held a press conference and lambasted the campaigns for having "totally abused" the process. As a result of the ensuing public outcry, the campaigns accepted all of the League's proposed moderators for the next debate.


And in 1988, the George Bush and Michael Dukakis campaigns drafted the first secret debate contract -- a "Memorandum of Understanding" that dictated who could participate and under what conditions. The League of Women Voters refused to implement the contract and issued a blistering press release, stating that "the demands of the two campaign organizations would perpetrate a fraud on the American voter."


In 1988, the CPD seized control of the presidential debates from the League and has sponsored every presidential debate since.



It is precisely because the League had the courage to resist the demands of the major-party candidates that the CPD was created. The Republican and Democratic parties would not tolerate a debate sponsor that insisted on challenging formats or the inclusion of third-party candidates.


In 1986, the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee ratified an agreement "for the parties to take over presidential debates." In 1987, the chairs of the Republican and Democratic parties incorporated the CPD. In 1988, the CPD seized control of the presidential debates from the League and has sponsored every presidential debate since.

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Debates between Hillary and Donald never really answer the questions nor provide substance to ponder.....

Presidential debates should never be entertainment - leave that to SNL.

Democracy NOW provides the best debate forum ....
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Voters have short memories in spite of the fact that the two leading parties have wrecked the economy,put millions out of jobs,wrecked retirement plans,medical insurance coverage and keep the USA at war for the past 36 years.


36 years of voting qualified candidates into office has provided what?

--- War on public education
--- War against women
--- Clinton’s Conservative policies sent the economy seriously off course.
--- How the Koch brothers helped dismantle the Democratic Party
--- GW Bush Lies About Social Security to Americans( This would cost taxpayers $4 trillion,place taxpayers insurance money at risk and wreck the economy)
--- Conservatives Use "Rebuilding America's Defences," to openly advocate for total global USA military domination. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century
--- Conservatives Bush/Cheney Wall Street Home Loan Heist
--- What Did Conservatives Do With $700 billion of bank bail out money?
--- Still A Bad Idea –The Conservative ENTITLEMENT Package for the wealtiest 1% and is still producing a dysfunctional economy.
Can America afford this reckless Conservative Party of the last 36 years? NO!
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