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    Re: Should 3rd Parties Be Allowed on the National Debate

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    So im taking a class called "Political Parties and Elections", and i was sitting in class today and i thought why should pretty popular 3rd parties not be allowed on the national debate?

    What are your thought; do you think third parties should be allowed on the national debates?
    5% in a general gets the party media coverage and 15% of polls gets the party into the debates.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    100% should be included. I understand the "we can't include everyone" argument as you can aggregate up to a number of candidates which makes the debates difficult and too long; but there's no reason we should cap the number at 2. Political competition is a necessity to keeping a Republic.
    Haha. 100%? All of the third parties? C'mon. There would be Poes. I'd found the Jihad Party and troll the debate.

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    You can't fund raise without media exposure and you won't get media exposure without fund raising.
    He's 100% right, you're supporting a catch 22.
    5% in a general gets media.

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I don't know.
    I do know that Bill Clinton wanted him in the debates.

    I read a book about it several years ago.
    It's not a snipe at Bill Clinton, if that's how you're taking it.
    I heard it was because Ross has a stained jacket and a box of 'used' cigars. I'm not sure the cigars are evidence of anything, but whatevs.

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    Re: Should 3rd Parties Be Allowed on the National Debate

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I would rather the debates exist to, in theory anyway, inform the public about candidates who have a reasonable chance to impact the election.
    How can you have a reasonable chance to impact elections, if you aren't included?
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    Re: Should 3rd Parties Be Allowed on the National Debate

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    I'd rather the debates exist to, in theory anyway, inform the public about the candidates and their political platforms so that the People may judge for themselves which candidate best echoes their political platform and concerns.
    So you would open them up to every one who is on a ballot? If your answer is anything other than yes, you are being hypocritical again. And if you do answer yes, then practical problems jump in.
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    Re: Should 3rd Parties Be Allowed on the National Debate

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    . 100%? All of the third parties? C'mon. There would be Poes. I'd found the Jihad Party and troll the debate.
    Not 100% of third parties should be included in debates, but 100% that we should allow and have some third party representation. I believe that if you would have read the rest of what you quoted there, this would have been very apparent.
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    Re: Should 3rd Parties Be Allowed on the National Debate

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    How can you have a reasonable chance to impact elections, if you aren't included?
    How do you think they got votes? They are included.
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    Re: Should 3rd Parties Be Allowed on the National Debate

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    I heard it was because Ross has a stained jacket and a box of 'used' cigars. I'm not sure the cigars are evidence of anything, but whatevs.
    In all seriousness, I'm 85% sure Clinton wanted Perot in the debates, at least the first time around.
    I don't think they had a good reason to deny him the 2nd time.
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    Re: Should 3rd Parties Be Allowed on the National Debate

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    How do you think they got votes? They are included.
    Then why not include others?
    We don't know how many votes they could get, if included.
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    Re: Should 3rd Parties Be Allowed on the National Debate

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    So you would open them up to every one who is on a ballot? If your answer is anything other than yes, you are being hypocritical again. And if you do answer yes, then practical problems jump in.
    I would love it if possible (pssst, that's why it says "in theory anyway", it's called reading....try it). And I understand there are practical limitations; I do not believe that saying that we should have more open competition but being aware of the physical limitations means one is being "hypocritical", just reasonable and realistic. But I'm sure it will go towards whatever propaganda you want.
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    Re: Should 3rd Parties Be Allowed on the National Debate

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I would rather the debates exist to, in theory anyway, inform the public about candidates who have a reasonable chance to impact the election.
    that sounds very circular to me..

    barring candidates prevents them from impacting an election.. and not being able to impact an election is why we bar them.

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    Re: Should 3rd Parties Be Allowed on the National Debate

    Quote Originally Posted by Thrilla View Post
    that sounds very circular to me..

    barring candidates prevents them from impacting an election.. and not being able to impact an election is why we bar them.
    It's the Catch-22, 100%. I'm baffled that normally intelligent individuals cannot see this.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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