Decision 2016: Inside the Presidential Debates

An SMPA Silver Anniversary Event

This SMPA Silver Anniversary event presented the inside scoop on the 2016 Presidential Debates including the constraints of the debate format, how to make them better, the role of social media and public involvement.


Martha Raddatz

Martha Raddatz is a co-anchor of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent. She has covered all aspects of foreign policy for nearly 20 years – reporting from the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House, and from conflict zones around the world. In addition, Raddatz serves as the primary substitute for George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" and contributes regularly to the roundtable. Prior to her current role she served as White House correspondent during the last term of President George W. Bush's administration. 

Mike McCurry 

Mike McCurry is a veteran political strategist and spokesperson with nearly four decades of experience in the nation’s capital. McCurry served in the White House as press secretary to President Bill Clinton (1995-1998). He also served as spokesman for the U.S. Department of State (1993-1995) and director of communications for the Democratic National Committee (1988-1990). McCurry held a variety of leadership roles in national campaigns for the Democratic ticket from 1984 to 2004. He is co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Frank Fahrenkopf, Jr.

Frank Fahrenkopf, Jr. gained national prominence during the 1980s when he served as chairman of the Republican Party for six of President Ronald Reagan's eight years in the White House (1983 to 1989). He is presently co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which conducts the general election presidential and vice presidential debates in presidential election years. 

Moderator Steve Roberts

Steve Roberts has been a journalist for almost 50 years, covering some of the major events of his time, from the antiwar movement and student revolts of the 60s and 70s to President Reagan's historic trip to Moscow in 1988 and twelve presidential election campaigns. A well-known commentator on many Washington-based TV shows, Roberts also appears regularly as a political analyst on the ABC radio network and is a substitute host on NPR's "Diane Rehm Show."


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This event is presented in association with the Graduate School of Political Management, the GW College Democrats and the GW College Republicans.