Commission on Presidential Debates

bi-partisan U.S. presidential debate organizing group formed in 1987

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is a nonprofit corporation created in 1987 under the joint sponsorship of the Democratic and Republican political parties in the United States.[1] The CPD sponsors and produces debates for U.S. presidential and vice-presidential candidates with research and educational activities relating to the debates.

It has run all of the presidential debates held since 1988. The commission's debates are sponsored by private funding and donations from foundations and corporations[2] as well as fees from hosting institutions.[3]


  1. Gailey, Phil (February 19, 1987). "Democrats and Republicans Form Panel to Hold Presidential Debates". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-07.
  2. "CPD: National Debate Sponsors". Retrieved 2016-04-22.
  3. Fitzgerald, Rick (April 3, 2019). "U-M will make bid to host 2020 presidential debate". The University Record. The University of Michigan. Retrieved 2019-10-11.