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

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    If they are sufficiently popular. I don't think any of the candidates would've merited inclusion last year, although Gary Johnson was close. I wouldn't mind having some relatively high polling candidates in the debates, but allowing just every third party that fields a candidate in a debate would be too much. I'd probably lower the current threshold of polling, which I believe is 5%, to something like 2%.
    Yeah, I can go with the 2% as well. That sounds about right.
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    Re: Should 3rd Parties Be Allowed on the National Debate

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    I am not at all opposed to opportunity for political competition with with reasonable criteria. You may be familiar with this non-partisan group that seeks to make it less onerous for third party candidates, the Citizen's Debate Commission. I would have no problem going along with their selection criteria:

    Citizens' Debate Commission - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    However, this will do nothing to address the problem the Libertarian Party has for example that people are very familiar with their platform, but only a fraction of voters support it. That is a far bigger obstacle, IMO.
    After reading your link, I liked that criteria just fine. It obviously has worked in the past.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    I am not at all opposed to opportunity for political competition with with reasonable criteria. You may be familiar with this non-partisan group that seeks to make it less onerous for third party candidates, the Citizen's Debate Commission. I would have no problem going along with their selection criteria:

    Citizens' Debate Commission - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    However, this will do nothing to address the problem the Libertarian Party has for example that people are very familiar with their platform, but only a fraction of voters support it. That is a far bigger obstacle, IMO.
    In all honesty, my goal is not to have the L party win, it's to have a serious competition of ideas, in front of people.
    As it is now, the system is just not honest or just.

    Current debates are just staged, town halls aren't real, it's all a well orchestrated sham.
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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?

    Yes. All candidates running for president should be allowed on national debates. They should not be excluded.
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    Re: Should 3rd Parties Be Allowed on the National Debate

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Yes. All candidates running for president should be allowed on national debates. They should not be excluded.
    There were 27 candidates with ballot access in at least one state last year. That seems too unwieldy to me, especially since there would be many more candidates who would run if they knew they could get free national exposure. It seems to me there should be some threshold that needs to be reached in order to participate.
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    Re: Should 3rd Parties Be Allowed on the National Debate

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    There were 27 candidates with ballot access in at least one state last year. That seems too unwieldy to me, especially since there would be many more candidates who would run if they knew they could get free national exposure. It seems to me there should be some threshold that needs to be reached in order to participate.
    Cool. Everyone gets about 3 minutes per debate to answer a question or state their view. This will certainly help educate the American public, add to the political discourse and knowledge of the country, and truly have an impact for those smaller parties.......

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

    Without question 3rd party candidates should be allowed to the National Debates.

    Americans should be able to hear views from parties other than the Democrats and Republicans. They should know that this country has more than two choices. The big two seems to find away to make sure a third party never makes it on the stage...Ross Perot was the only exception in modern history.
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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?
    Of course they should, but what good is it really going to do? What we need is a different voting system.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Anagram View Post
    There were 27 candidates with ballot access in at least one state last year. That seems too unwieldy to me, especially since there would be many more candidates who would run if they knew they could get free national exposure. It seems to me there should be some threshold that needs to be reached in order to participate.
    Sounds like nothing more than excuse to weasel out other parties and keep the two party status quo. Most people don't even know those candidates exist because the media deliberately weasels them out of exposure and they deliberately weaseled out of debates. All the presidential candidates should be included in the presidential debate or none at all.
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    Re: Should 3rd Parties Be Allowed on the National Debate

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Sounds like nothing more than excuse to weasel out other parties and keep the two party status quo. Most people don't even know those candidates exist because the media deliberately weasels them out of exposure and they deliberately weaseled out of debates. All the presidential candidates should be included in the presidential debate or none at all.
    No, that would help the two party monopoly. Inviting 30 people to a debate, and I'm sure that number would skyrocket with a promise of national exposure, would cause only confusion and not allow any substance to take place in the debate. I'm all for adding lesser parties to a debate, but IMO there needs to be some sort of limit.
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