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The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is the non-profit corporation which organizes the presidential debates today and was established in 1987 under the joint sponsorship of both the Democratic and Republican political parties in the United States. Prior to this the presidential debates were organized by the League of Women Voters (LWV).
From its inception it has been criticized for its hostility towards 3rd parties as expressed by the then Democratic and Republican national chairmen.
At the time the move was defended by Mr. Fahrenkopf, then Republican national chairman, by saying.
ORIGINAL: The New York Times Feb. 18, 1987
''The extremely competitive nature of the two parties will ensure that we will reach the best possible agreement for all concerned, most importantly for the voters of this nation.''
This thread is the discuss the Commission on Presidential Debates, its merits and whether it is better or worse than the system which it replaced.