Jason Scheuer of conservative website Breitbartwrites that the antitrust lawsuit filed by the Green and Libertarian parties and their 2012 presidential nominees against the Commission on Presidential Debates “may turn out to be the most important event of the 2016 presidential election.”
“If successful,” he writes, “it will permanently expand the number of candidates on the debate stage during the general election by proving that the Commission on Presidential Debates is in violation of current antitrust law.” In 2012, Green Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson “were not included in approximately 90 percent of the popular polls,” making it all but impossible for either of them to reach the CPD’s 15% polling threshold or to be reflected as serious candidates by the mainstream media.
Scheuer argues that voter suppression “is about restrictive laws (written by Republicans and Democrats) to prevent anyone but their respective parties from ever showing up on the ballot. Numerous ballot access laws act as barriers to entry but are sold to the public as a way of bringing order and preventing confusion. It sounds fair but, in reality, is far from it. This lawsuit hopes to rectify some of these injustices.”
This Thursday October 18, the Green Party’s Jill Stein and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson will face off in a Presidential debate two days after the CPD debate which excluded them again. The Independent Voter Network (IVN) and Google+ Politics will be hosting the first ever, online presidential debate. Unlike debates in the past, the candidates and moderators will simultaneously participate from different states.
Each participant will appear using live, videoconference technology and respond to questions submitted online from citizens like you!
The online presidential debate will focus on five key topics in domestic policy including:
Tax and Economic Policy,
Housing and Financial Regulation,
Foreign Policy, and
One topic selected based upon online user response.
IVN.us will be looking to voters across the country to participate by submitting their questions for the candidates within each topic. Each topic will include two questions submitted using the hashtag #indyvote on Google+ and Twitter, or responding to calls for questions on the ‘Independent Voter’ Facebook Page.
The debate can be viewed live on October 18, 2012 beginning at 4pm Pacific on IVN.us, or on IVN.us’ Google+ and YouTube page.
Follow the hashtag #indyvote on Twitter and Google+ during the debate to join the conversation, respond to the candidates, and let them know how they are doing in answering your questions. Learn more about how to participate by watching this video: