Open the Debates!

It's time for the 60% of Americans who say we need a new major party to stand up for our right to open debates.  

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To the Commission on Presidential Debates:

We, the undersigned, demand that the Presidential debates include all Presidential candidates who have qualified for enough state ballots to be a choice for a majority of voters.

Polls show that 50% of Americans do not identify as either Democrat or Republican. This means that the Presidential debates as currently managed are locking out the diverse voices and views of half of all Americans.

The Commission on Presidential Debates may sound like an impartial, public body, but it is actually a private organization run by the Democratic and Republican parties. When these two establishment parties took over the debates in 1989, the League of Women Voters withdrew its sponsorship, rightly observing that the “unprecedented control” demanded by the Democrats and Republicans would make the debates “campaign-trail charades” that would “perpetrate fraud on the American voter”.

The need for “more voices and choices” can be met by including all candidates who are on the ballots for a majority of voters, a number that has typically ranged from 4 to 6 candidates in total.

Voters have a right to hear directly from their possible choices for the highest office in the land. These choices should reflect the diversity of American political opinion, and not be restricted to two candidates nominated by establishment parties awash in corporate donations and billionaire support.

 

 

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Edward Bateman
Nonnye Lucky
Timothy Postlethwait
Michelle Middleton
Tyler Bailey
Allyson James-Vigil
joseph mashburn
Sybil Polin
Danielle DeShazo
Seth Brown
Benjamin Bevins
paula brunetti
Beatrice Esquivel
Ginger Huether
Kathi Bota
Jennifer Swanson
Vanessa Nowitzky
Jessica Masucci-Amador
Rey Amador
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  • Edward Bateman
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  • Allyson James-Vigil
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  • Beatrice Esquivel
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  • Jessica Masucci-Amador
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