Statement from Commission on Presidential Debates

by Brian Feldman, KMOX News

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – While Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is upset over the scheduling of two of the fall debates with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton due to a conflict with the NFL, the Commission on Presidential Debates released a statement on the matter.

“The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) started working more than 18 months ago to identify religious and federal holidays, baseball league playoff games, NFL games, and other events in order to select the best nights for the 2016 debates.  It is impossible to avoid all sporting events, and there have been nights on which debates and games occurred in most election cycles.  A debate has never been rescheduled as a result.

As a point of reference, in a four-year period, there are four general election debates (three presidential and one vice presidential), and approximately 1,000 NFL games.

The CPD selects the debate dates a year in advance in order for the television networks to have maximum lead time and predictability in scheduling these extremely important civic education forums.  The CPD believes the dates for the 2016 debates will serve the American public well.”

Washington University is scheduled host the second of three presidential debates on October 9.

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