John Nichols in The Nation (excerpt):
Imagine if Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein joined Obama and Romney for this year’s debates. Instead of having to listen to a pair of adult men trying to distinguish between Obamacare and Romneycare, we could hear a working physician explain why a “Medicare for All” program would be dramatically more efficient, economical and humane than what either the president or his Republican challenger has proposed.
Imagine if Libertarian Gary Johnson could respond to the predictably empty wrangling about whether America is “broke”—as opposed to suffering from broken budget priorities. Johnson would propose bringing American troops and resources home from policing the world’s trouble spots, a wholly sensible fix that would make the United States safer, richer and a more popular.
Imagine if Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode—who once talked about denying a US House seat to Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, because Ellison clutched a Koran rather than a Bible when he was sworn in—opened up a real discussion about the relationship between church and state. Instead of dancing around the issue, as they both do, Obama and Romney would be forced to get specific about how seriously they take the promise of Thomas Jefferson’s “wall of separation.” They might even call Goode out, sending a message that America needs to hear. from the leaders of both major parties.
By the standards of most countries, Stein, Johnson and Goode could qualify to join national debates. Johnson and Stein have secured places on enough state ballots to win the electoral votes needed to assume the presidency. Goode is already on twenty-six ballots and could yet use legal challenges (and certified write-in campaigns) to be positioned to get on enough additional ballots to win an Electoral College majority. (Other candidates, including former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, whose mounting an intellectually rich and radical run on the Justice Party line, have struggled to get on enough ballots to get near making the Electoral College cut. Anderson will, however, join Stein in a “Debate Talkback” tonight, which will be moderated by Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman.)
There’s not much chance that any of the three will be elected. But at this point, there’s not as much chance as there once was that Romney will be elected. It would be absurd to disqualify Romney on the grounds that he’s falling behind in the polls, just as it is absurd to disqualify candidates who are on the ballot but have not gotten the exposure that might run their numbers up.
From Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman, Wednesday’s counter-debate in which Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson answered questions posed to Mitt Romney and Barack Obama by Jim Lehrer:
Taken from a message from the Jill Stein campaign:
The Commission on Presidential Debates is launching “The Voice Of ___” which will feature livestreaming, feedback, polling, and more on the following platforms:
YouTube will be livestreaming all of the debates.
Submit text AND video comments!
Tweet! Use the following hashtags to join the conversation:
Facebook Live will be interviewing a variety of people, but your comments anywhere on Facebook during this pivotal time will be important!
The following was sent out by the Gary Johnson campaign, but applies equally to Jill Stein supporters:
This evening, the corrupt and biased Commission on Presidential Debates will host a stage show and try to sell it as a debate worthy of our American democracy and freedom. Do not be fooled by this act. When people ask you today if you will watch the debate, regardless of your answer, be sure to educate them on the underlying corruption and control.
Over the past week we have successfully encouraged 3 of 10 debate sponsors to drop off but it has not been enough. Our only hope of disrupting the debate this evening is to convince Jim Lehrer, the moderator, to take a stand.
This call to action needs to be posted on every GJ page and in every GJ group. Every Green Party page, every Green Party group. Every Ron Paul page, every Ron Paul group. Every Libertarian Party page, every Libertarian Party group. Every Tea Party page, every Tea Party group. And on and on and on.
Start with your own state. Saturate it. Then do the states that touch your state. Saturate them. Don’t worry about double or triple or quadruple posts. We need 1,000 emails to Jim Lehrer, and 1,000 posts on his Facebook page, and 1,000 phone calls. Everyone must be mobilized for this push.
We only have a few hours to make as big a ruckus as possible. Enjoy the work!
A suggested post is below this line. Feel free to write your own. Let’s get the job done.
Jim Lehrer will be moderating the presidential debates Wednesday night, but he must be stopped unless we know who is sponsoring the debates. It is NOT the ‘National Sponsors’ the CPD says it is. The CPD’s own tax forms prove this. It is unconscionable for Jim Lehrer to participate in a grand deception of American voters – right now he stands between us, and the truth. It is up to him to act in the best interests of the nation – find out who is sponsoring the debates, or refuse to participate in them.
EMAIL Jim Lehrer at email@example.com ask him “Who is sponsoring the debates?”
CALL Jim Lehrer at 703-998-2150 ask him “Who is sponsoring the debates?”
POST ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE http://www.facebook.com/newshour ask “Who is sponsoring the debates?”
TWEET @pbsnewshour #WhoIsSponsoringTheDebates
In this video report from the road, campaign manager Ben Manski describes the scene in Denver and talks about the weeks ahead, and what Jill Stein for President will be doing to occupy the debates.
Not sure how to post this video format here; I have it posted at IPR:
Posted at JillStein.org:
In the leadup to this Wednesday’s first presidential debate, the movement for open debates has taken wing, quite literally in the case of New Englanders, who descended on Mitt Romney’s national headquarters in Boston this past week decked in chicken suits and carrying signs accusing the Bain capitalist of being “too chicken to face Jill Stein in a rematch.”