The following was posted on April 29th on Eugene Platt’s campaign website. On April 29th, the debate for the 1st congressional district of South Carolina special election was held and televised by C-SPAN. However, only Republican Mark Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert-Busch participated, while Green Party nominee Eugene Platt was excluded.
Eugene Platt worked around his exclusion from the only debate to be held in the SC1 special election by live-tweeting responses. Using the SC Green Party’s Twitter feed, he communicated brief and direct answers to the media.
It’s ironic that in defending Patch’s decision to exclude Platt, debate organizer Shawn Drurysent an article from an organization founded by Ralph Nader.
The article attacks the biased and corporate-controlled Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). But Drury misunderstood the article to justify his own biased decision.
After the 1992 performance of Ross Perot, the CPD was set up by the Republican and Democratic Parties with a board of directors made up primarily of committed partisans from each, specifically to take total control of the debates, choosing the locations, rules, moderators, and participating candidates.
The two major parties would rather not compete with ideas, but with partisan branding. Every year, public dissatisfaction with our politics grows worse. Every year, the guardians of political debate narrow the discussion even more.
Numerous comments have been made by concerned voters on articles relating to Platt’s exclusion, in effect calling for fairness and inclusion and calling the debate a farce, full of predictable stock responses and gotcha moments.
To see the tweets, go to the following link: