Democracy Now!: Second Presidential Debate and VP Debate

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Democracy Now! has also been reporting on the establishment parties working behind the scenes to make sure no other candidates are included in their debates, here and here.

The also held a VP Counter-Debate with Green candidate Cheri Honkala and Justice Party candidate Luis Rodriguez, followed by a second presidential counter-debate with Jill Stein, Rocky Anderson and Virgil Goode.

A large part of Democracy Now!’s election coverage for the past month has been about alternative party candidates.

Libertarian candidates have been invited, but have not participated in these fora. Instead, for the first debate Gary Johnson did a Google Hangout video where he commented off the cuff as the Obama-Romney appearance played in the background, and then left early to do a Fox News interview. For the VP debate Judge Gray did the Google Hangout (which I can’t find an archive of) and for the second presidential debate Johnson tweeted a few responses. To my knowledge, none of this had anywhere near the viewership of Democracy Now!’s events.

Johnson has participated in several other fora with other alternative party presidential candidates, which I have been reporting on here, and plans to do at least one more – the Free and Equal debate moderated by Larry King with Goode, Stein and Anderson on October 23. To my knowledge, Judge Gray has not appeared in any debates with other VP candidates.

For the final Obama-Romney joint appearance, Gary Johnson tweeted

Gov. Gary Johnson ‏@GovGaryJohnson
I’m excited to announce that I will be joining @PhillyD next Monday, Oct. 22nd, to cover the Presidential Debate.

Since Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode participated in a Democracy Now! debate it would be harder to say that the problem is the show’s left wing slant.

Another response that some of the other candidates have engaged in has been protesting outside the debate venues. In 2004, both Green Party candidate David Cobb and Libertarian Michael Badnarik got arrested at one such protest. This year, Jill Stein and her running mate Cheri Honkala got arrested outside the second presidential debate. While it has not been a huge news story, Jill Stein’s website says it was mentioned on/in

ABC, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Democracy Now!, and many other channels, as well as via social media, trending on Twitter, for example, as far away as Egypt.

Johnson supporters have played a major role in getting 3 of the original 10 national CPD sponsors to back out, and Johnson has an anti-trust lawsuit against the CPD. Other tactics have included contacting the networks, moderators, debate venues, and even filing complaints against the CPD’s tax exempt status with the IRS.

While IPR was down yet again, I published a different version of this story, including more of an explicitly editorial slant at Liberty Daily, a new site started by Austin Cassidy.

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