Open up the 2012 Presidential Debates!
  • Petitioned Governor Mitt Romney

This petition was delivered to:

Republican Presidential Candidate
Governor Mitt Romney
Commission on Presidential Debates
Janet Brown, Executive Director
Democratic Presidential Candidate
President Barack Obama

Open up the 2012 Presidential Debates!

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      Open The Debates!

All presidential candidates who have qualified for placement on enough state ballots to win the Electoral College and the Presidency of the U.S. must be included in the presidential debates.

Why should people sign?  

Libertarian Party candidates Gary Johnson and Jim Gray, along with Green Party candidates Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, have qualified for enough state ballots and are receiving taxpayer dollars in the form of FEC matching funds. American taxpayers and voters have a clear interest in having their ideas, positions, and voices included in the major presidential and vice presidential debates.

Currently, the Commission on Presidential Debates excludes all candidates who do not poll at 15% or higher in at least 5 national polls (raised from 5% after that threshold secured Ross Perot a spot in the 1992 debates). However, most national polls exclude third party candidates, making it nearly impossible to achieve the required percentage of support.

Background  

The Commission on Presidential Debates is a private "nonprofit corporation controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties and has run each of the presidential debates held since 1988... Prior to this, the League of Women Voters moderated the 1976, 1980, 1984 debates before it withdrew from the position as debate moderator with this statement after the 1988 Presidential debates: 'the demands of the two campaign organizations would perpetrate a fraud on the American voter.' [source: Wikipedia]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 7,000 signatures
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      This petition represents a united front between the various authors of the most successful petitions on Change.org standing up for open debates -- namely Adam Gibson, Marnie Glickman, Stephen Carter, and Eli Beckerman.

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    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Eduardo de Carvalho PALM COAST, FL
      • almost 2 years ago

      We are supposed to live in a democratically run society where any eligable and mathmatically electable candidates should be heard for the public to make their decision. In times when citizens are ticked off at our elected officials who have rigged the election system so they can stay powerful, there are third party candidates whose views can be found more agreeable to the people of this country than the propped up figures in the top two parties. Particularly Gary Johnson from the libertarian party could be a bigger threat to obama than mitt romney in polls from isidewith.com which will show that in blind testing people to match people with their candidate, Johnson polled far higher across the country than Mitt Romney, yet he's not in the debates because of a private commision created by the republican and democratic parties designed to exclude 3rd party voices and keep them powerful. This in unamerican.

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      • almost 2 years ago

      I simply don't agree with the policies and practices of two major party candidates. There needs to be more variety in the voting atmosphere. There needs to be more viewpoints discussed in debates. There needs to be third party candidates in the Presidential Debates.

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    • thomas thompson ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • almost 2 years ago

      cuz gary needs to be our president or i think will all die in the NWO

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      • almost 2 years ago

      I believe it should be the right of the American People to have access to the knowledge and a clear understanding of all presidential candidates who have qualified for placement on enough state ballots to win the Electoral College and the Presidency of the U.S. They must be included in the presidential debates so we as a people can make a clear choice. To deny that right is to keep the American public unaware of options therefore limiting their right to make an informed educated decision.

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    • Brett Hurst PROVO, UT
      • almost 2 years ago

      I myself am strongly considering voting for Jill Stein, and I would really appreciate it if she had the chance to address the American people as well.

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