Include All Qualified Candidates In 2016 Presidential Debates

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Note: Popular Resistance will be starting a campaign to open the debates to all candidates who are on enough ballots to achieve 270 electoral college votes. That includes both the Libertarian and Green candidates as well as the establishment parties. You can sign up to join the campaign here. That page will also tell you additional steps you can take right now to push open, inclusive debates.

The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), the organization in charge of the presidential debates, has been keeping qualified candidates off the debate stage. 

Run by the Republican and Democratic parties, the CPD has set up rules making it almost impossible for third party candidates to be included in the debates. Americans deserve the ability to hear from everyone who will be on their ballot. As a coalition of individuals and organizations across the political spectrum, we are calling for the CPD to reform their rules. Starting in 2016, candidates who qualify on enough state ballots to possibly win the presidency should be invited to participate in the presidential debates.

Currently, candidates must have 15% or higher in at least 5 national polls. Most national polls exclude third party candidates, making it impossible to achieve the required percentage of support. Even third party candidates getting taxpayer money for their campaigns and qualifying for Federal Election Committee matching funds are not being allowed to participate without the 15% threshold.

Presidential debates have been critical in deciding who goes to the White House. They are watched by millions of Americans and give the public a closer look at the candidates. The presidential debates should not be dictated by any party. Now is the time to shake things up and give Americans the debates we deserve. 

Join us in calling on the CPD to allow all candidates who qualify on enough state ballots to possibly win the presidency to participate in the presidential debates. Please sign and share the petition now so we can get the debates we deserve in 2016.

#OpenTheDebates!

Letter to
Commission on Presidential Debates

Include All Qualified Candidates in 2016 Presidential Debates.

All presidential candidates who have qualified for placement on enough state ballots to win the Electoral College and the Presidency of the U.S. must be included in the presidential debates. Their running-mates must be included in the vice-presidential debates as well.

Anything less is disgracefully anti-democratic and simply unacceptable.

  • horsedancingwithcrow

    This has actually to happen since we have a worldwide problem because also of US (not just) US lobbies but mainly us absent and corruoted rogue state government.

    And it is getting ***** wide spread and WILD.

    It s not the run to the white house… it s a wild house. And it doesn t count a penny … it s all lobbies that command conquer and proxy control the us interests. At this pace US will become a war field and finally will stop using europe and east as their risiko turf… finally. Addicted to violence and war.

  • ignasi

    Limit the opinion that citizens should know is like crossing the road looking in one direction

  • Aquifer

    Please note – the Roots Action Petition says

    “We urge you to follow a recommendation made by a citizens’ task force connected to American University’s law school: Include presidential candidates who are on enough state ballots to have a mathematical chance of winning, if they either register at 5 percent in national public opinion polls OR register a majority in national polls asking eligible voters which
    candidates they would like to see included in the debates.”

    Notice the qualifying “if” – considering where the “alternatives” are polling, Johnson at ~7%, Stein ~ 3% – this would get Johnson in, not Stein – sorry to be a bit cynical here, but considering that Cohen and Roots Action were big Sanders supporters, and we wants to beat Trump – it would seem that result would quite suit him – Johnson to “take” votes from Trump, but no Stein to “take” votes from Clinton …

    Why is any opinion poll % necessary at all? Why not leave it at “having a mathematical chance of winning”? I will not sign the Roots Action petition and urge others, at least anyone who wants Stein in the debates, to not do so either – there are other petitions to sign, including the one on Stein’s site, that do not include any poll % requirement …

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  • kevinzeese

    Great points. There should be no polling involved. If you are on enough ballots to achieve 270 electoral college votes you should be included in the debates. Anything else is anti-democratic. Sadly, you might be right about the Roots Action petition.

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