Tag Archives: Commission on Presidential Debates

Open Thread for CPD Invitation Decision

Whatever happens is expected soon (surely they will give the candidates more than a week’s notice of who they will be debating against), so this is the THREAD for that discussion.  Whatever happens.

No wagering please . . .… Read more ...

Commission on Presidential Debates Announces Social Media, Technology and Voter Education Initiatives

cpd-logoThe Commission on Presidential Debates issued a News Release earlier today regarding the various Social Media and other initiatives they have created for the (Bi-Partisan or perhaps Tri-Partisan, doubtfully Quad-Partisan and almost certainly not Quint-Partisan) Presidential Debates, the first of which is now 11 days away (Monday evening 26 September 2016).… Read more ...

ABC News/Washington Post: Johnson @ 9; Stein @ 2 percent

The latest of the CPD selected polling firm reports offers little hope for a debate invitation to any candidate other than the two old party ones, at least based on the 15 percent (apparently national) stated polling requirement.  abc-news-poll

In the past the CPD has suggested that candidates at the far low end of the margin of error for 15 percent might be invited.  … Read more ...

Polls “Very Bad News” for Third Candidate CPD Debate Invitation


Image source: Realclearpolitics.com  (edited to show only the Libertarian and Green Parties, and only from 1 June 2016 to 31 August 2016.  NOTE: Real Clear Politics is using a different set of polling data than that which will be used by the Commission on Presidential Debates. The Real Clear Politics high for Johnson was 8.9 on 21 August.  … Read more ...

Debate Sites Admonished By CPD: “Plan for a larger stage.”

three podiumsIn an article by Hadas Gold published by POLITICO earlier today titled “Clinton-Trump debate sites plan for a third podium” the venues that will host the presidential (and presumably the one vice-presidential debate) are, “drawing up plans for a three-person forum. . . .”

Those sites are: 26 September, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY; 4 October, Washington University in St.… Read more ...

Chicago Tribune Editorial Board: Let Johnson Debate

download The editorial board of The Chicago Tribune, the sixth largest newspaper in the United States based on circulation, earlier today published an editorial calling on the Commission on Presidential Debates to, “Let Libertarian Gary Johnson debate Clinton and Trump.”

The editorial begins:

“For many Americans, this presidential race is a train wreck in progress.… Read more ...

LNC Chair Sarwark FreedomFest Presentations

CAM01066 Libertarian Party National Committee Chair, Nicholas Sarwark, appeared in two sessions at FreedomFest earlier today.  First as a guest speaker for Reason Magazine’s “Election 2016: The Collapse of the Republicans and Democrats, the Rise of the Libertarian Party and the Glorious Future of American Politics,” and then as the sole presenter for “Political Economy in Diversifying your Political Investment.”  Audio of the entire Reason session may be purchased HERE and of Nick’s full Political Economy presentation, HERE. … Read more ...

Videos: Gary Johnson interviews with Neil Cavuto and Tom Shillue on Fox News

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Obama, Romney ask for dismissal of Johnson et al v. Commission on Presidential Debates


From this article in the National Law Journal:

The Libertarian Party and the Green Party are suing Romney—along with the Republican National Committee, the Democratic National Committee, President Barack Obama and the Commission on Presidential Debates—over the exclusion of third-party candidates from general-election debates.

In a lawsuit filed in September in federal district court in Washington, the plaintiffs claimed that the politicians, the DNC, the RNC and the debate commission violated antitrust laws.

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CPD co-Chair: Third Party Candidate is “Welcome in these debates.”


In a Washington Post article titled “The presidential debate commission is getting ready for a serious 3rd party candidate” by Callum Borchers, published earlier today (14 JAN 2016), CPD Co-Chair, and former Bill Clinton Press Secretary, Michael McCurry is quoted as saying:

“The dynamic in the electorate right now and the dissatisfaction with the two major political parties could very conceivably allow an independent or a third-party candidate to emerge, and we are very clear that they would be welcome in these debates.Read more ...

Video: Gary Johnson on why he’s suing the Commission on Presidential Debates

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Gary Johnson Speaks, Columbia’s Libertarians Listen

Via BWOG, Columbia Student News: 

When the president of the Columbia Libertarians introduced Gary Johnson last night, she described him as a man who believes in “liberalism in its truest sense.” This might sound strange, considering Gary Johnson was the Libertarian presidential candidate in 2012 (and is likely to be the Libertarian candidate again in 2016.) However, throughout his talk, which was cosponsored by the Columbia Libertarians and Columbia Voting Week, Mr.

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