• Petitioned Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr. and Michael D. McCurry

This petition was delivered to:

Co-Chairpersons, Commission on Presidential Debates
Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr. and Michael D. McCurry

Admit Third Party Candidates to the Presidential Debates

    1. Petition by

      Erik Braghirol

      Monroe, NY

The health of a democracy depends in part on the ability for each political view point to receive equal time and consideration. Our current debate structure reinforces the belief that there are only two valid choices in a given election, neither of which many Americans find satisfactory. Debates offer a way for marginalized political parties and views to find their way into the national discourse. Most such candidates face serious disadvantages in funding and, consequently, communicating their ideas to the electorate. They also often must expend much of their miniscule resources on either petitioning or suing to receive a ballot line. In short, our system already does enough to marginalize any candidate not belonging to either major party. Primary debates featuring multiple candidates invalidate the concern that including more than two candidates will complicate the debate process. In short, there is no valid reason to exclude third party candidates from the Presidential debates and doing so only offers the two major parties yet another unfair advantage over such candidates.

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    Reasons for signing

    • willis burden BEAVERDAM, KY
      • about 2 years ago

      I have no real choice for president

    • Michael Tuttle BELOIT, WI
      • about 2 years ago

      To give me and the nation a more informed choice.

    • Carl Scheel CARSON, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      The government today is a direct result of our choosing the lesser of two evils for generations. (Gary Johnson)

    • Geoffrey Rizzardo CARSON, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Most media outlets ignore Third Party candidates to the point that most people don't realize there even ARE Third Party candidates. This allows for a diminished quality in the Top Two because they are seen as the only options. Having Other parties participate would allow for rationality, and reality.

    • Jeremy Jones LEXINGTON, SC
      • about 2 years ago

      I feel the two major candidates are far too similar and need to address issues that are incredibly important, yet absent from the discourse the two major parties are proliferating, giving myself and many other Americans a very narrow view of the ills/strengths of our country.


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