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    Re: should the rules be changed to make it easier for one or more candidate into the

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    I guess I missed them then. Could you please list all the third party candidates that participated in the 2012 debates?
    There were 14 candidates on ballots for US President.

    This is a link to the 3rd Party Candidate's 2012 debate.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0vE5CTTSFI

    However, that debate excluded independent candidates. Obama and Romney opted not to attend.

    Clearly you don't REALLY care about 3rd party candidates or you would have watched the 3rd Party Candidates Debate - and didn't. Despite what you post you're no different than anyone else.

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    Re: should the rules be changed to make it easier for one or more candidate into the

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    I guess I missed them then. Could you please list all the third party candidates that participated in the 2012 debates?
    There were 14 candidates on ballots for US President in the general election.

    This is a link to the 3rd Party Candidate's debate. However, that debate excluded independent candidates. Obama and Romney opted not to attend.

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    Re: should the rules be changed to make it easier for one or more candidate into the

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    If that is true - one would think it would be very very very easy for you to simply link to it. Perhaps what you think you presented did not at all live up to the billing or its description.
    that latter is probably true.. most certainly true for people like you who do not accept evidence contrary to their personal beliefs.

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    Re: should the rules be changed to make it easier for one or more candidate into the

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    That's the whole point. Third party candidates are deliberately marginalized by the establishment, Americans don't get to hear and see them. That's the reason for a need to change the rules, get these people in the open, let Americans actually hear them.
    ya' nailed it...

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    Re: should the rules be changed to make it easier for one or more candidate into the

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    It is your job to present evidence for your claims when you make an argument. Not mine.
    that's true enough... however,in the absence of me providing you with an education, you might want to think about putting in a little work yourself.... you were allegedly an educator, you oughta know how to research by now.

    we both know nothing I say or provide will be accepted by you... that's been proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, dozens and dozens of times... so it's a wasted effort on my part to provide you with information you can easily access on your own.

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    Re: should the rules be changed to make it easier for one or more candidate into the

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Recently there has been some debate around the Presidential Debates, and how many candidates should be invited. A new group is looking to press for a change in the rules to make it easier for 3rd parties or independent candidates into the debate. Info on that can be found here: New group calls for changes in presidential debate rules - The Washington Post


    My question to you is, "should the rules be changed to make it easier for one or more candidate into the Presidential debates?"
    Personally, having watched many debates in my time on this planet, I would say no to expanding the number of candidates during Presidential debates. If anyone has watched either or both of the Democrat and Republican primary season debates over the last number of cycles, you would clearly know that a large array of also rans and publicity whores with no possible chance of winning anything simply gums up the works and turns debates into farce where the media attempts to get the most outrageous quote possible from some idiot and then ask the real contenders to comment on the idiocy.

    Until such time as a legitimate 3rd party becomes a contender to at least spoil the race, such as a Buchanan or Nader or Perot have done in the past, there should only be the two legitimate prospects on the stage that late in the game.
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    Re: should the rules be changed to make it easier for one or more candidate into the

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    There were 14 candidates on ballots for US President.

    This is a link to the 3rd Party Candidate's 2012 debate.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0vE5CTTSFI

    However, that debate excluded independent candidates. Obama and Romney opted not to attend.

    Clearly you don't REALLY care about 3rd party candidates or you would have watched the 3rd Party Candidates Debate - and didn't. Despite what you post you're no different than anyone else.
    Clearly you miss the point. The establishment dismissal is the rub. And this needs to be changed. I want third party candidates debating the dinosaurs.
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    Re: should the rules be changed to make it easier for one or more candidate into the

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Personally, having watched many debates in my time on this planet, I would say no to expanding the number of candidates during Presidential debates. If anyone has watched either or both of the Democrat and Republican primary season debates over the last number of cycles, you would clearly know that a large array of also rans and publicity whores with no possible chance of winning anything simply gums up the works and turns debates into farce where the media attempts to get the most outrageous quote possible from some idiot and then ask the real contenders to comment on the idiocy.

    Until such time as a legitimate 3rd party becomes a contender to at least spoil the race, such as a Buchanan or Nader or Perot have done in the past, there should only be the two legitimate prospects on the stage that late in the game.
    it's worthy to note that neither Nader nor Buchanan were allowed to debate.... and Perot was barred from the debates in 1996

    Perot, at the time of the 92 debate, was polling at 7%... on election day, he rang it at 19%
    that didn't happen by magic... it happened because he got exposure.

    in 2000, the CPD enacted a new rule stating a candidate must poll at 15% or above to be allowed entry into the debate.... had that rule been in effect in 92, Perot would have been disallowed then too.

    you know something is fishy when the non-profit that holds a monopoly on presidential debates (CPD) is controlled exclusively by the 2 major parties.

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    Re: should the rules be changed to make it easier for one or more candidate into the

    Quote Originally Posted by Thrilla View Post
    it's worthy to note that neither Nader nor Buchanan were allowed to debate.... and Perot was barred from the debates in 1996

    Perot, at the time of the 92 debate, was polling at 7%... on election day, he rang it at 19%
    that didn't happen by magic... it happened because he got exposure.

    in 2000, the CPD enacted a new rule stating a candidate must poll at 15% or above to be allowed entry into the debate.... had that rule been in effect in 92, Perot would have been disallowed then too.

    you know something is fishy when the non-profit that holds a monopoly on presidential debates (CPD) is controlled exclusively by the 2 major parties.
    That's all fair comment - but where do you propose to draw the line? Are you going to require independent polling organizations to poll for all "parties"? If not, who polls or how is public opinion determined with regard to independent parties? Perhaps an independent party is polling 20% in one state but negligibly nationally - does that count?

    Here in Canada we have three main parties and a couple of regional or minor parties. In debates, the three main parties are involved and if the debate is in Quebec, as an example, the national party that operates only in Quebec is included in the debates. The Green party wasn't allowed to participate until it elected a member to parliament. So maybe that's a good way for independents in America to start the participatory process - get a party member elected to the House or Senate and then your party leader gets to participate.
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    Re: should the rules be changed to make it easier for one or more candidate into the

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    That's all fair comment - but where do you propose to draw the line? Are you going to require independent polling organizations to poll for all "parties"? If not, who polls or how is public opinion determined with regard to independent parties? Perhaps an independent party is polling 20% in one state but negligibly nationally - does that count?

    Here in Canada we have three main parties and a couple of regional or minor parties. In debates, the three main parties are involved and if the debate is in Quebec, as an example, the national party that operates only in Quebec is included in the debates. The Green party wasn't allowed to participate until it elected a member to parliament. So maybe that's a good way for independents in America to start the participatory process - get a party member elected to the House or Senate and then your party leader gets to participate.
    well, i think it all needs to start with ballot access laws.
    there is a balance to strike here, of course, i mean, it shouldn't be a matter of just "sign up and you're in"... but it also shouldn't be insurmountable to gain access either.

    I think if a party makes it on the ballot in the majority of states, it should automatically be allowed in the debates.... there should be no further thresholds to overcome.
    there's no good reason why a party can be on the ballot in the majority of states, but not be allowed to debate.. not one.

    as for filtering out the outliers and extremes, well, that's where the "majority of states" thing comes in... if you can gain access in 26 states, you're probably not some wacko party.

    we have independents elected in Congress.. Bernie Sanders is a notable one..... and the independent party, or even independent candidates, is still not allowed to debate if they don't exceed the thresholds put in place by the CPD (polling above 15%.. nationally)
    the Commission on Presidential Debates is not a government organization.. it's a private non-profit set up and entirely controlled by the RNC and DNC.. and they hold a monopoly on "official" presidential debates.
    3rd parties can set up their own debates, but as we have seen,but the mainstream media will not cover it whatsoever.... few people even know there was even a 3rd party debate that actually happened .... I suspect collusion between the major media outlets and the CPD, but that's just a theory, as far as i know

    so yeah, having people elected and in office doesn't mean anything when it comes to debates... it's entirely irrelevant in our corrupted system.

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