Daniels Elected To Presidential Debate Commission (VIDEO)

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

April 19, 2014 Updated Apr 20, 2014 at 10:47 AM EDT

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (21Alive) - Purdue University president Mitch Daniels will play a large role in the 2016 presidential campaign, though he is not seeking the office.

Daniels, who served as a Republican Indiana governor from 2005 to 2013, was elected Wednesday to the Commission on Presidential Debates board of directors.

The CPD is a non-profit organization primarily tasked with creating the format for presidential debates in 2016. In addition, the CPD often advises other democratic countries in planning their presidential debate.

The other five members joining Daniels on the board are:

  • Former CIA Director Leon Panetta
  • Former U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine
  • Former U.S. Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif.
  • Former ABC News anchorman Charles Gibson
  • Shirley Tilghman, Ph.D., Princeton University president
  • The board is co-chaired by former Republican National Committee Chairman Frank Fahrenkopf Jr. and former White House Press Secretary (under President Bill Clinton) Michael McCurry.

    The CDP has already begun debate preparations, and will announce site selection guidelines in January of 2015.

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