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Mid-Major Candidates Debate on Iowa Public Television, Radio
In the past two weeks, Iowa Public Broadcasting has held three candidate forums that have included independent and mid-major party candidates. On Wednesday, October 20, Iowa Public Television hosted a Third Party Governor’s debate that included three of the four non-major party candidates on the ballot:
Dr. Eric Cooper (Libertarian), a professor at Iowa State University – www.coopersmallergovernment.com
Gregory James Hughes (independent), a cereal factory worker – www.hughesforgov.com
David Rosenfeld (Socialist Workers’ Party), a tire plant worker and union organizer – no website
Dr. Cooper has posted video of the debate on his YouTube page:
Conspicuously absent from the debate was Jonathan Narcisse, a newspaper publisher and former Des Moines school board member. While the other candidates have as stated goals to win ballot access or to build their ideological movements, Narcisse has insisted from the beginning that he is going to win the election and may have found it below him to appear. Ironically, Narcisse has been very vocal about his exclusion from the debates between the major party candidates.
On Friday, October 25, all four candidates for governor debated on Iowa Public Radio. Audio is available for download at http://iowapublicradio.org/single_story.php?storyid=1225
The race for Iowa governor between Democrat incumbent Chet Culver and former Republican governor Terry Branstad has not been close, with Branstad holding a double-digit lead in most polls. With the race expected to be a blowout, the “wasted vote” argument has lost some of its power and polling has shown both Cooper and Narcisse with a chance to surpass the 2% threshold needed to qualify for major party status and automatic ballot access.