Writing in US News and World Report, independent Presidential candidate Ralph Nader mentions two opponents by name while calling for opening up the debates:
The broadcasts of the presidential debates this year will reach 60 million or more Americans. The array of candidates running includes two former members of Congressâ€”Libertarian Bob Barr and Green Cynthia McKinneyâ€”as well as me, but viewers will see only two choices: a Democrat and a Republican.
Nader endorses the Rock the Debates proposal for candidate inclusion, as well as a compromise alternative:
Given the huge barriers to getting on state ballots, a fair and manageable standard would be that anyone on enough ballots to have a theoretical chance to win should be allowed in the debatesâ€”six candidates this year. I challenge the two parties to take a baby step: In the coming weeks, a third-party debate is set to take place. Will McCain and Obama allow the winner, as voted by viewers, into their last debate?