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Should 3rd party candidates enter into presidential debates?

  • Additional perspectives needed

    If there are four names guaranteed to be on the ballot. Why do we only hear from two? The media doesn't cover third parties adequately and they can't even be included in the debates. Dismissing them before they've had a real chance to put their stance on the national platform is not democratic. Voters deserve an equal opportunity to see and hear from ALL the valid candidates not just half of them.

  • Support an Inclusive Debate

    On the ballot this year, there will be four names - four options from which to choose a presidential candidate. For such an important decision, inclusion of third party candidates in presidential debates is vital to making an informed decision. Exclusion of third party candidates promotes ignorance and decreases the probability that the voter is informed about all of their options. This could lead to people missing the chance to vote for a candidate who better represents their stance on important issues.

  • The American People Deserve More Options

    I'm tired of having to choose between the lesser of two evils - especially when there are other parties out there who better represent my points of view. There should be guidelines, however, to limit who is allowed into the debates. This should be based on public opinion and not dollars. This could be determined by electronically signed petitions available on a single website, for example, that show mass interest in a particular party or candidate. Campaigns should all be run on equal ground, with equal face time in the media, and be equally funded by the public. We need to get private money out of politics, health care, and the news.

  • The American People Deserve to Have Other Options

    I'm tired of having to choose between the lesser of two evils - especially when there are other parties out there who better represent my points of view. There should be guidelines, however, to limit who is allowed into the debates. This should be based on public opinion and not dollars. This could be determined by electronically signed petitions available on a single website, for example, that show mass interest in a particular party or candidate. Campaigns should all be run on equal ground, with equal face time in the media, and be equally funded by the public. We need to get private money out of politics, health care, and the news.

  • The American People Deserve to Have Other Options

    I'm tired of having to choose between the lesser of two evils - especially when there are other parties out there who better represent my points of view. There should be guidelines, however, to limit who is allowed into the debates. This should be based on public opinion and not dollars. This could be determined by electronically signed petitions available on a single website, for example, that show mass interest in a particular party or candidate. Campaigns should all be run on equal ground, with equal face time in the media, and be equally funded by the public. We need to get private money out of politics, health care, and the news.

  • Public is aware of only those candidates wealthy enough to advertise.

    Many people aren't even aware of other candidates until they see the ballot. Only the wealthy candidates can afford to publicize their candidacy and platform. This practice discriminates against those who aren't wealthy. I think major networks would be surprised at how many people would tune in if they scheduled such a debate, or several debates (or interviews?) if necessary to allow all of them an opportunity to speak.

  • They add valuable opinions

    The fact everyone knows is, third-party candidates hardly ever win presidential elections, even if they have good policies. Allowing these candidates into presidential debates will allow them to voice their views to potential voters, who could like said candidates better than the candidates of the time. Maybe we could even have a third party win for once.

  • Absolutely let them in!

    26 years on this earth living I've never seen a third party candidate in a debate with democrats or republicans I would like to see a change not only in this but establishing a 3 party political system because republicans and democrats have the same agenda and are too corrupt

  • What are the other parties afraid of?

    Debating should be a right of every candidate. Republicans and Democrats are too afraid to loose their foot hold on the necks of the American people. The people of the united States need a voice . Not the illusion of a voice like the current system provides.I dont know about everyone else but things need to change.

  • OFC we shohould...

    Many countries allow and actually aid other parties to be on the debate. Actually the election in other asian countries like South Korea has better system. They limit the money used by the each candidates so they have fair shot and they all get same amount of money from the government in helping their election to be advertised regardless of their financial situation.
    Debate is what makes people to have a critical view point and shines the smart ones.

  • The American People Deserve to Have Other Options

    I'm tired of having to choose between the lesser of two evils - especially when there are other parties out there who better represent my points of view. There should be guidelines, however, to limit who is allowed into the debates. This should be based on public opinion and not dollars. This could be determined by electronically signed petitions available on a single website, for example, that show mass interest in a particular party or candidate. Campaigns should all be run on equal ground, with equal face time in the media, and be equally funded by the public. We need to get private money out of politics, health care, and the news.

  • No

    In many countries with large multiple parties, the countries are hopelessly divided and unable to agree on most key issues. In many countries, parties would form coalition governments. However, this makes their political system very unstable as they can easily collapse. We can barely handle two, should we add more?


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