Door County Civility Project Asks Moderators to Adopt Debate Standards

The Door County Civility Project joined the National Institute for Civil Discourse in calling on the presidential debate moderators to adopt a set of Debate Standards designed to ensure that the 2016 Presidential Debates are fair, informative and civil. More than 60 organizations signed on to the debate standards, which include guidelines for moderators, the audience, and the candidates themselves.

“Incivility in any organization or family impacts its productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness as well as personal commitment to the group. We sincerely believe that individuals can be actively interested and engaged in the well-being of our local communities, our state and national governments, and be civil at the same time. Let’s set a standard for civil discourse in ourselves and our elected officials,” said Shirley Senarighi, coordinator of the Door County Civility Project.

The presidential debates are scheduled for Sept. 26, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York; Oct. 9 at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri; and Oct. 19 at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. The vice presidential debate is scheduled for Oct. 4 at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.


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