On October 25, theheld a debate on the campus of the in , moderated by actor and Free & Equal founder . This was the organization’s third election cycle hosting a presidential debate. Constitution Party presidential nominee , presidential nominee , and Reform Party presidential nominee all took part in the near two-hour event. Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, and Evan McMullin were each invited but did not attend.
“Shame on Jill Stein and Gary Johnson in particular for not coming”, said Castle, reflecting the overall feeling of the three debaters. La Riva described the absences as “a lack of respect for those of us who have fought so hard in this electoral year to have a voice for the people.”
Although major party candidates have never participated in the event and are barred from doing so by the same debate in 2012 along with Stein, was said by Tobin to be concerned about appearing credible to the media., the absence of Johnson was controversial. Reportedly, Stein and McMullin did not attend because of Johnson’s absence. Johnson, who participated in the
“They are so high and mighty. They want to be Democrats and Republicans so badly,” proclaimed Castle about Johnson and Stein, “They are afraid to come out and get down on the same level with people like us.”