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

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Nope, we can make it more if need be.
    Who and how would that "need" be judged? What makes you choose "five"? Why is the 6th leading party not worthy of exposure by the default?

    I'm not saying your idea is bad. I'm saying that it's not solving many of the same issues you claim with the current system.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by iliveonramen View Post
    Uggh no thanks.
    Better than only allowing 2 parties.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Who and how would that "need" be judged? What makes you choose "five"?
    5 was an arbitrary number greater than two. I don't just want to get Libertarians into the debates, I want to get other opposing views in as well.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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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?
    What do we mean by allowed? they are certainly allowed now. However, there is no compulsion to make networks include them. As for ballots, what exactly are the laws governing them? We might consider changing some.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    If you're ideas are so strong, popular and powerful, what do you have to fear from including others in a debate?
    It has nothing to do with fear and everything to do with concentrating on the views of the 2 canidates that generally represent 96-97% of the population. Already these debates seem to go by fast with short abbreviated answers to complicated questions. Either those abbreviated answers are shorter or the debate length is more than doubled.
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    Re: Should 3rd Parties Be Allowed on the National Debate

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Actually it sounds like you're looking for closed competition, just closed at a later point so your guy can get in.
    Not just my guy. But even if we didn't address the other plethora of problems plaguing our elections, ensuring that more than just the main parties are in the debate can go a long way to restoring political competition.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Better than only allowing 2 parties.
    Certainly better than 2 party only, very much staged debates, horse and pony shows.
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    Re: Should 3rd Parties Be Allowed on the National Debate

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    If you're ideas are so strong, popular and powerful, what do you have to fear from including others in a debate?
    An ignorant assumption that ones belief on this is based on "fear".

    Debate times are limited. The american public's attention span is generally low. And we already have a massively underengaged voting base as is. Diluting an hour and a half debate by adding, lets say 3, additional voices to it...when those voices are found to be more attractive to less than 1% of the American public...could be viewed as doing a disservice to the political process and the American People. A person could believe that they don't need to be added to the debate because it would be a detriment to the political process rather than "fear". But because you have an agenda, you immedietely leap to demonize your opponent.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    If you're ideas are so strong, popular and powerful, what do you have to fear from including others in a debate?
    I do not. False argument. I support a threshold of some sort so the debate can serve a useful purpose. Any candidate from any party that can surpass that threshold can and should be able to debate.
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    Re: Should 3rd Parties Be Allowed on the National Debate

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    I don't see why y'all are so opposed to political competition.
    I can't answer that. Since it's a figment of you imagination that you've created in your head, only you can answer it.

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