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. McKinney and Baldwin have both expressed displeasure that communications between their campaigns and the debate organizers were not clear. Nader seems to have concluded that he will only debate with Barr (except, obviously, he would also debate with the two major party candidates).
It is still conceivable that a Barr-Nader debate will be organized.
In the meantime, ThirdPartyTicket.com now lists Cynthia McKinney as being confirmed to participate in an online Presidential debate which will take place at the same time as the above mentioned Free and Equal debate, which was to have taken place at Columbia University in New York City, moderated by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, and broadcast by CSPAN and possibly also by the Pacifica radio network. ThirdPartyTicket is continuing to take pledges, and has 9,588 towards a goal of 10,000. The date on which the pledges are to be collected, originally October 8, has changed several times, and is now listed as October 19.
Earlier, Free and Equal had indicated that Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney and Chuck Baldwin will all be attending their debate. Free and Equal was originally listed as a co-sponsor of the Third Party Ticket debate, along with Break the Matrix, Daily Paul, Open Debates, and Steal Back Your Vote. It was later removed, after it announced its own separate debate.
Third Party Ticket had originally listed its debate as to take place in New York City, but later was changed to be online only. It was organized by Trevor Lyman, who organized Ron Paul’s multi million dollar money bombs. Free and Equal is organized by supporters of Ralph Nader and Mike Gravel. IPR is currently trying to get input from the two organizations and other interested parties as to what happened between them.
In the meantime, only one candidate (Cynthia McKinney) has firmly committed to one of the debates, which will be online only, and presumably will only take place if at least one more candidate commits.