Tag Archives: Open Debates

Jill Stein Continues to Call for Open Debates Despite Commission Decision

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From Jill2016.com, September 16th, 2016:

In a predictable decision, the Democratic and Republican Parties have insured that only their voices will be heard by the American people. How? Through their private corporation named the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). The CPD was created to ensure the debates serve the interests of the two-party system, and it is working precisely as intended.

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Candidates Resort to Increasingly Drastic Measures in Fight for Open Debates

Damon Eris at Poli-Tea:

There are a variety of means by which the Democratic and Republican parties ensure the reproduction of their joint misrule despite the fact that dwindling numbers of Americans are willing to support them in their efforts. Double standards governing access to the ballot for Democrats and Republicans, on the one hand, and everyone else on the other, are aimed at limiting voter choice in local, state and federal elections.… Read more ...

Ohio Socialist Dan La Botz: Open the debates

Via TPID:

A press release from Dan La Botz, the Socialist Party candidate for US Senate in Ohio:

OHIO SENATE DEBATE: MINOR PARTIES MUST BE INCLUDED – LA BOTZ

Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Lee Fisher are reported by the press to be preparing to hold a series of debates in several Ohio cities, debates in which apparently only they will participate.… Read more ...

Dave Weigel covers last nights debate between Chuck Baldwin and Ralph Nader in The Nation

Dave Weigel writes regularly for Reason Magazine, and emailed contact.ipr@gmail.com about this article, published in The Nation.
Here’s an excerpt:

It’s one of the paradoxes of election 2008. If no one is happy with Congress, no one is happy with the president, and voters grumble to pollsters about the two parties, it should be a breakout year for some political force.

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Video of last night’s Presidential debate between Ralph Nader and Chuck Baldwin

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Independent Political Report will liveblog the Free and Equal debate tonight between Ralph Nader and Chuck Baldwin

Tune in at 9 PM Eastern time (8 PM Central, 7 PM Mountain, 6 PM Pacific, 5 PM Alaska, 4 PM Hawai’i) in the comments on this post, and add your own.

IPR has previously covered the debate:

Cynthia McKinney and Bob Barr react to tonight’s Free and Equal debate between Ralph Nader and Chuck Baldwin

Internet Pettition to demand Bob Barr’s participation in debate is being circulated

Free and Equal debate picked up on C-SPAN for Live coverage

Green Party Presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney on NPR, Break the Matrix, Democracy Now!, OpEdNews, YouTube

Updates on the Free and Equal debate

Freeandequal.org debate is on; Ralph Nader and Chuck Baldwin confirmed

Two Presidential candidates confirmed for debate in DC on Thursday, October 23

The moderator will be Chris Hedges from the Nation Institute.… Read more ...

Rock the Debates tentatively plans conference in 2009 to work on more inclusive general election presidential debates

According to Richard Winger at Ballot Access News, RocktheDebates leaders are tentatively planning a national conference early in 2009, on the thorny problem of how to get more inclusive general election presidential debates.

Rock the Debates, Inc. is a non-partisan 527 focused on opening up the debate process. The idea is to get the Democrat and Republican presidential candidates to commit to debate third party candidates.… Read more ...

Two Presidential candidates confirmed for debate in DC on Thursday, October 23

Free and Equal, the group that originally planned to have an alternative Presidential debate in New York City on October 19, has now confirmed Ralph Nader and Chuck Baldwin for a debate on October 23 in DC.

Contact: Christina Tobin, 312-320-4101

This morning, Christina Tobin, Director of Free and Equal, announced an Independent/Third Party Presidential Debate, which will take place on Thursday evening at 9:00pm EST on October 23 in Washington DC at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel.

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Another update on third party Presidential debate proposals

The following press release was sent to IPR from Free and Equal

Free & Equal Elections Coalition
230 E. Ohio St., Ste. 212
Chicago, IL 60611

Attn: Politics Editors, Campaign 2008 Editors, National Editor

Third Party Presidential Debate to Take Place on Thursday, October 23rd

Contact: Christina Tobin, 312-320-4101

The Independent/Third Party Presidential Debate to have been held in New York at Columbia University on Sunday Oct.

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Update on third party Presidential debate proposals

UPDATE @ 1706 Central Time

We received another call from Christopher Thrasher, quoted in the story below. There will not be a debate at Columbia University, and he is no longer with Free and Equal. He will be releasing a statement and providing details later.

An NY Times article quoted at

Free and Equal indicates that

Ralph Nader, who is on the ballot in 45 states as an independent candidate, has indicated he will show up (at the Free and Equal debate).

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Third Party Presidential debate: when and where, if at all?

Ballot Access News reports

The proposed Baldwin-McKinney-Nader debate that had been planned for Sunday evening, October 19, is very unlikely to happen. It seems that none of the candidates who were originally invited (including Bob Barr, and on a theoretical basis, the major party nominees) had really committed and really wanted to participate.

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Alternative Presidential Candidates Debate will be streamed live tonight

According to http://www.alternativecandidatesdebate.com/

An Alternative Presidential Candidates’ Debate will be held in Nashville from 7 to 9 pm (central time) on October 6th, one day prior to the McCain-Obama debate in Nashville. The debate is open to all third party candidates for President in the United States as well as the major party nominees.

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