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Old 10-02-2008   #1
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Why are the presidential debates only two party these days?

well I'm glad you asked...

The Issue

The Presidential debates -- the single most important electoral event in the process of selecting a President -- should provide voters with an opportunity to see the popular candidates discussing important issues in an unscripted manner. But the Presidential debates fail to do so, because the major party candidates secretly control them.
Presidential debates were run by the civic-minded and non-partisan League of Women Voters until 1988, when the national Republican and Democratic parties seized control of the debates by establishing the bi-partisan, corporate-sponsored Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Posing as a nonpartisan institution committed to voter education, the CPD has continually and deceptively run the debates in the interest of the national Republican and Democratic parties, not the American people.
Every four years, negotiators for the Republican and Democratic nominees secretly draft debate contracts called Memoranda of Understanding that dictate precisely how the debates will be structured; co-chaired by the former heads of the Republican and Democratic parties, the CPD obediently implements the contracts, shielding the major party candidates from public criticism.
Such deceptive major party control severely harms our democracy. Candidates that voters want to see are often excluded; issues the American people want to hear about are often ignored; the debates have been turned into a series of glorified bipartisan news conferences, in which the candidates exchange memorized soundbites; and debate viewership has generally dropped, with twenty-five million fewer people watching the 2000 presidential debates than watching the 1992 presidential debates. Walter Cronkite called CPD-sponsored presidential debates an “unconscionable fraud.”
Open Debates has helped establish a truly nonpartisan Citizens' Debate Commission comprised of national civic leaders to sponsor presidential debates that are rigorous, fair, and inclusive of important issues and popular candidates. The higher values of democracy and voter education will be restored to the presidential debates by the Citizens' Debate Commission.

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Old 10-02-2008   #2
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Pretty compelling!

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Old 10-02-2008   #3
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I would hardly call what we see on TV a debate..
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Originally Posted by cayo 2 View Post
Pretty compelling!
Interesting to look at. How did Ross Perot get in?
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Old 10-02-2008   #5
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I wondered that too.What year was Anderson?

If you had a multi-party system and say you had a vote; Libertarian 21%,Democrats 20%,Green Party19%,Democratic Socialist 17%,No Contest 14%,don't know 6%,Republicans 2%,neo nazi's 1%,do the Libertarians win or do you have a runoff? In all seriousness, does the constitution even deal with whether you need a majority or just the most votes among eligible parties?
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Old 10-02-2008   #6
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Ross Perot was allowed only because Bush Sr wouldn't debate without him and asked the presidential debate commission to let him in...it cost him the election. Bob Barr would have dominated the two republicrats.

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