IDEA’s innovative and ideologically diverse partners bring new perspectives and resources for educators, students, and citizens, making the Presidential Election Project greater in scope and richer in content.

We are always looking for more help in raising the tenor of debate in American politics. If your organization, school, or company is interested in joining the Presidential Election Project, please contact Jesse Towsen.


The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and LibraryThe Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation is the nonprofit organization created by President Reagan himself and specifically charged by him with continuing his legacy and sharing his principles - individual liberty, economic opportunity, global democracy and national pride. The Foundation is a non-partisan organization which sustains the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the Reagan Center for Public Affairs, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Presidential Learning Center and its internationally recognized, award-winning Discovery Center, and the Air Force One Pavilion.

IDEA has partnered with the Reagan Foundation to support the Great Communicator Debate Series, taking place in high schools across the country this year.



The Huffington PostThe Huffington Post is an online newspaper and the most popular political site on the web. The website launched its interactive Change My Mind debate platform in March 2012, where experts and readers have since debated topics ranging from the Keystone XL Pipeline to federal funding for the arts.

IDEA has partnered with the Huffington Post to curate the Change My Mind Presidential Debates, which will launch on September 24, presenting President Obama and Governor Romney’s positions on the key issues in this year’s election.




The Hannah Arendt Center at Bard CollegeThe Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College is an expansive home for thinking about and in the spirit of Hannah Arendt. The Arendt Center's double mission is, first, to sponsor and support the highest quality scholarship on Hannah Arendt and her work; and, second, to be an intellectual incubator for engaged humanities thinking at Bard College and beyond, thinking that elevates and deepens the public argument that is the bedrock of our democracy.

IDEA has partnered with the Hannah Arendt Center to challenge students and citizens to answer the question, “How might the president matter in the 21st century?” The essay contest is the Arendt Center’s second annual thinking challenge, and is inspired by the fall conference, Does the President Matter?, which IDEA is also helping to support.


IDEA is a Voter Education Partner of the Commission on Presidential Debates.

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners. Its primary purpose is to sponsor and produce debates for the United States presidential and vice presidential candidates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates. The organization, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) corporation, sponsored all the presidential debates in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008.