‘This is a rigged debate controlled by the two corporate political parties,’ the Green Party’s presidential candidate tweeted while also responding to issues raised in the final debate via Facebook Live.
Posted to Mint Press News
By Kit O’Connell
October 21, 2016
LAS VEGAS — Excluded from the third and final presidential debate by the two-party system, Green Party nominee Dr. Jill Stein took to Facebook Live and Twitter on Wednesday night to offer an alternative point of view.
Over 932,000 people viewed her broadcast and it had been shared more than 19,700 times by Thursday afternoon.
“Thank you so much for tuning in to the real debate,” Stein told her Facebook audience during the opening moments of her video.
Calling the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump debate at the University of Nevada a “sham debate,” she added:
“We are very excited to be able to present to you real answers to the questions after Hillary and Donald continue to duck those questions and mostly hurl mud at each other.
Third-party candidates like Stein and Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson are effectively excluded from debates by the rules set by the Commission on Presidential Debates, a nonprofit corporation established by the Democratic and Republican parties which has controlled the debates since 1988. Under current rules, a third-party candidate would need to poll at 15 percent or higher in an average of five major national election polls.
Stein and others have argued that this system prevents voters from hearing from and considering all of their options. According to a poll published last month by Suffolk University and USA TODAY, 76 percent of American voters would like to see more presidential candidates on stage during the debates.