Third Parties Participating in Presidential Debate

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will not be at the Oct. 23 debate, but four other presidential candidates will be.


Barack Obama and Mitt Romney may get all the headlines for their debates, but the nation’s third parties will be sharing their views on war, the economy and other issues at an alternative presidential debate scheduled for Oct. 23. Former CNN host Larry King will be moderating.

The Free and Equal Election Foundation sponsored the debate as a response to the presidential debates, which favor Democrats and Republicans while excluding third parties. According to the foundation, the restrictive rules “sanitize debates, disregard viable third-party and independent candidates, and prohibit participation in other independent debates.”

Participating candidates include:

Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party
Jill Stein, Green Party
Virgil Goode, Constitution Party
Rocky Anderson, Justice Party

The Oct. 23 debate begins at 9 p.m. and will be broadcast online from Chicago.

SomeonesDad October 22, 2012 at 04:23 PM
It's a crime against the American people that this debate isn't being covered by ANY of the major news outlets. It's also a crime that the phony Presidential Debates commission specifically denies the inclusion of third parties in the debates. A democracy is not a choice of two. And both parties are driving this country into the ground.
Dan B October 23, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Amen! If there is anything truly wrong with this country (politically), it is our two-party "system" - they both fiddle their own tone-deaf tunes, while Rome burns. Our founding fathers knew that compromise for the sake of progress ultimately had to trump deep ideological divides. I can only hope that a pragmatic third party achieves enough dominance someday soon to kick the far left and right screeching ideologues to the curb.


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