Open the Presidential Debates

In 1987 the Republican and Democratic Parties took over the presidential debates from the League of Women Voters, excluding all other candidates and many topics of discussion.  The two parties' debate commission is corporate-sponsored and the moderators' questions corporate-friendly.

For each election, the two candidates make agreements to manage the so-called debates.  In 2004, the deal between Bush and Kerry barred them from asking each other questions, and barred members of the audience from asking anything that had not been pre-approved.  "The audience member's microphone shall be turned off after he or she completes asking the question," the agreement promised.  Obama and Romney's agreement will not be public, but there is no doubt that it excludes all other candidates from the debates.

Here are a few popular, super-majority positions that won't be taken up by either Obama or Romney:

--shifting hundreds of billions of dollars from war preparation to education, infrastructure, green energy
--drastically raising taxes on the super wealthy and corporations
--prosecuting U.S. war crimes
--ending warrantless spying
--ending drone wars and assassinations
--breaking up media monopolies
--undoing corporate trade agreements
--expanding Medicare to everyone

Jill Stein (Green Party) and Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party) would greatly broaden the bounds of discussion.

Tell the two big parties you're fed up with their narrow debates, and tell the television networks that you want your airwaves opened up to all candidates who are on enough state ballots to total a majority of the country's electoral votes.

RNC Chairman


CBS Evening News


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Commission on Presidential Debates

DNC Staff


DNC Official