Speed Reads


Conflict of interest? Bill Clinton is on the board of the Commission on Presidential Debates.

If Hillary Clinton successfully snags her party's nomination, she can expect to take the stage next fall in a series of debates run by an organization where her husband serves as an honorary chairman.

Along with former President Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton is a board member of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford were also honorary chairs before their deaths, but neither former President George H.W. or George W. Bush has held the same position. The level of Clinton's engagement in his position is unknown.

The CPD is a bipartisan organization that has managed the debates since the League of Women Voters stopped doing so in 1988, after charging that the campaigns' demands would result in "the hoodwinking of the American public." The CPD has previously come under scrutiny this election cycle thanks to several efforts to make it easier for third party candidates to participate.