The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced the format and time allocations for the one Vice-Presidential and three Presidential debates. The first and fourth debates will be:
divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each . . . The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond.
The Vice-Presidential debate (the second of the four debates) is even more time constrained with 10 minutes allocated for the question by the moderator, 2 minute responses from each of the candidates, and the remainder set aside for “discussion.”
The third of the four debates will be a Town Hall format where citizens will have the chance to ask questions and:
Candidates each will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion.
It would appear that the various formats as announced allow sufficient flexibility for a total of three or at most four candidates, but no more than that (the primary limitation being the 10 minute blocks announced for the Vice-Presidential debate).
IPR questions however whether debate format planners considered the possibility of more than two candidates participating in any of the debates. The full announcement regarding the debate formats and time constraints is available here:
IPR readers are encouraged to contact the Commission on Presidential Debates to encourage the inclusion of all Third Party candidates who meet the first two of their three candidate selection criteria as outlined here:
IPR notes with regret, however, that while the names of CPD leaders are posted at:
and past sponsors at:
no contact information for any of the above, nor any “Contact US” link, phone number, email address or other method for contacting those in charge of the debates is provided anywhere on the CPD website.
IPR readers with information about how to best contact the CPD (and/or this year’s debate sponsors) directly to demand the inclusion of all legally qualified candidates for President of the United States (or at least those who have ballot status in states representing a majority of electoral college votes) are encouraged to post that information in the comments section below.