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

    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?"


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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?"

    It isn't a actual presidential debate unless all the candidates are present and debating.This thing we have now is farce.
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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 jamesrage View Post
    It isn't a actual presidential debate unless all the candidates are present and debating.This thing we have now is farce.
    If ALL CANDIDATES mean everybody on the ballot for President, that could be a rather large crowd on stage especially once word of this change gets out.

    So how do you get around the normal objection that the vast vast majority of voters have no interest in the little third party candidates and parties and just want to hear the big two - or in rare years possible three?
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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?"
    I think as long as they stick to the "must have at least 15% in the polling" rule, it's a good idea.
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    Re: should the rules be changed to make it easier for one or more candidate into the

    The problem lies in that, unless I am mistaken, all debates are run by private organizations, thus there is no say by the public, save that which might affect their ratings or other measures of success. Technically they can invite a major candidate and a third party one and leave the other major candidate out in the cold.
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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
    So how do you get around the normal objection that the vast vast majority of voters have no interest in the little third party candidates and parties and just want to hear the big two - or in rare years possible three?
    Source for these "facts" ????
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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?"
    The risk is this could change the paradigm. I'm okay with that provided we do some otter changes too. I don't think it would be a good thing if our new normal becomes a president who most people voted against due to the vote being split 3 or more ways. Only if we eliminate the electoral college and start having runoff elections would I support changing the rules for debates.

    Would I can support now is having a debate between the Libertarian and Green Party candidates just to educate.
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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 Dragonfly View Post
    Source for these "facts" ????
    what facts are those?

    If by "facts" you mean my statement that voters have little interest in third parties - those facts would be the election results.
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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
    what facts are those?

    If by "facts" you mean my statement that voters have little interest in third parties - those facts would be the election results.
    Are you really and honestly that blind to reality???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky View Post
    I have felt pain when I was in the womb. So when you say they are incapable of feeling pain, that is based on junk science.

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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 ALL CANDIDATES mean everybody on the ballot for President, that could be a rather large crowd on stage especially once word of this change gets out.

    So how do you get around the normal objection that the vast vast majority of voters have no interest in the little third party candidates and parties and just want to hear the big two - or in rare years possible three?
    That is, indeed, part of the problem. It seems that about half of the voters will vote a "straight ticket" making the primary become the important race. The problem with third party candidates is that they stand very, very little chance of winning in a general election. Many "regular" voters cannot even name their three congress critters, much less what committees they are on, what bills they have introduced, sponsored or voted for.

    http://www.austincc.edu/cppps/pdfs/straightticket.pdf
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