The U.S. Election Debate Commission is inviting comment on the selection of moderators for its upcoming presidential debate.
But its members are also looking for feedback on what is the best way to engage the American people in the debate, as the Commission attempts to create an inclusive environment for the candidates.
The Commission announced its selection of its five moderators on Tuesday, but in a statement released Wednesday, the Commission did not offer a list of candidates to which the panelists could choose to be invited.
Instead, the commission asked for feedback from the public on how to improve the experience of debates in order to “build trust and understanding among voters in a democratic and open environment.”
“We want to make sure that we are building on the strong relationship that exists with the American public and are making sure that it is the most engaged and respectful debate in the history of this great country,” Commission Chairman Michael McCurry said in the statement.
The Commission has had mixed results with the public when it has chosen moderators for presidential debates.
In 2012, it selected Fox News commentator Sean Hannity as the moderator of the first debate between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Hannity, who has frequently criticized the Commission, was a prominent voice on the Fox News network during the Republican primary, and has been critical of the Commission’s role in selecting moderators.
On the other hand, the 2016 presidential debate between Trump and Clinton was dominated by the Commission-selected moderators, with CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC’s Martha Raddatz also serving as moderators.
Cooper has called the commission “a joke,” while Raddack has said the debate moderators were selected to make the debates more interesting.
Clinton has also criticized the selection process, saying it has “further marginalized women, minority, and people of color.”
“It’s hard to see how you can have a robust, meaningful debate if you have people like yourself being excluded,” she said in her first statement on the process.