Past Event

The Future of Presidential Debates in the American Electoral Process

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Tue, Jun 25 2013 - 6:00pm


Michael D. McCurry, Former Press Secretary to President Bill Clinton; Co-chair, Commission on Presidential Debates
Frank Fahrenkopf, Jr., Chair, Republican Party under President Ronald Reagan; Co-chair, Commission on Presidential Debates
Mary Marcy, Ph.D., President, Dominican University of California; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors – Moderator
The nonpartisan, nonprofit Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has sponsored and produced all the general election presidential and vice presidential debates since 1987. Planning is now underway for the 2016 debates. Don't miss this chance to ask your questions for the chairmen of the Commission. How well did the new formats of 2012 work? Were they useful to the electorate, and how can they remain relevant?
CPD co-chairmen Fahrenkopf and McCurry will discuss the process by which the debates are formulated and explain the significance of U.S. debates to other countries, many of which seek to start their own debate traditions after watching the CPD’s forums. They will also discuss their views on the role of the debates in the general election process, including campaigns, conventions and the overall level of discourse.
Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program
Cost: FREE