All-Presidential-Candidates-Invited Debate Set For October 23rd, Chicago

Christina Tobin, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Free and Equal Elections has announced a Presidential Candidates debate for October 23rd, 8:30 PM Central time at the University Club of Chicago with invitations to all candidates with a mathematical chance of winning the Electoral College. See:

This debate is scheduled to occur the day after the last of the three currently scheduled as two-candidate only debates produced by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

The full schedule of 2012 presidential debates is as follows:

First presidential debate: Wednesday, October 3; University of Denver, Denver, CO

Vice presidential debate: Thursday, October 11; Centre College, Danville, KY

Second presidential debate (town meeting format):Tuesday, October 16; Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

Third presidential debate: Monday, October 22; Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL

FREE AND EQUAL presidential debate: Tuesday, October 23rd, Chicago, IL

14 thoughts on “All-Presidential-Candidates-Invited Debate Set For October 23rd, Chicago

  1. paulie

    IPR should host one as well. I can help. Anyone else?

    As for this debate…as of now it would only include Johnson and Stein. If Goode is very, very lucky with states that remain to be determined it might include him.

  2. Trent Hill

    He’d need his petitions in NH and Nebraska approved and then Kansas SoS to accept the Reform Party change…plus some, I think.

  3. Brian

    There’s also talk about a lawsuit in Georgia. Any idea how that might turn out for the Constitution Party?

  4. NewFederalist

    The Goode campaign itself lists GA as a write-in state. I don’t know if the suit has been settled against the CP or whether the Goode capaign is just being realistic.

  5. Matt Cholko

    Since Obama and Romney won’t come, this debate won’t get any major news coverage and certainly won’t be televised on any major network(s). Therefore, it is essentially a waste of time.

    Not that it would have mattered, but scheduling it the day after a previously scheduled debate gives the Rs and Ds an extra reason to decline the invitation.

  6. George Dance

    If Johnson and Stein refused to do any events where they weren’t guaranteed “major new coverage” or being “televised on any major network(s)”, they wouldn’t have much of a campaign.

    At minimum it will be carried on C-Span; more than one local TV or radio station – and of course the internet. There will also be some live news and print coverage; probably more than either candidate would receive doing something else that day.

    I certainly hope that neither candidate decides to blow this event off.

    The 2008 debate, between Nader, Barr, and Baldwin, was good TV;–nader-baldwin-debate-2008.html

    and I’m looking forward to watching this one as well.

  7. Observant Reader

    Hopefully they would let Goode debate anyway because he will definitely have write-in status in states adding up to more than 270. His perspective is needed since the other third party candidates are too socially liberal.

  8. NewFederalist

    Goode’s petition fell short in NE (as did Stein’s) so Goode will not be on enough ballots to win in the Electoral College.

  9. NewFederalist

    @9… where would you make the cutoff? What other measure would you suggest rather than the theoretical chance of an Electoral College majority?

  10. Observant Reader

    NF, I would make the cutoff at candidates who have ballot status *or* write-in status in states that add up to more than 270. Leaving aside issues with counting write-in ballots, these candidates like Goode who meet my requirement do actually have a theoretical chance of an electoral college majority through write-in votes, even if it is much more difficult. I’m pretty sure Goode would be the only extra candidate here, unless Anderson has been able to obtain write-in status in a lot of states.

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