Richard Winger: Equal Access to Presidential Debates – Occupy!

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Richard Winger

The issue of general election presidential debate inclusion has been litigated to death.  There has been loss after loss after loss for 35 years. 

There is only one way to fix the debates problem.  That is the strategy used in 2007-2008 by “Rock the Debates.”  A few dedicated people who lived in Iowa and New Hampshire used every chance they had to corner major party contenders and ask if they would agree to at least one inclusive general election debate.  “Inclusive” means everyone who is on the November ballot in enough states to theoretically win, would be invited.

In the entire history of the United States, there has never been a presidential election with more than seven such candidates.  In 2008 there were six (Obama, McCain, Barr, McKinney, Baldwin, Nader).  Same in 2004, there were six.

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