In light of the League of Women Voters declaring that the Commission on Presidential Debates “would perpetuate a fraud on the American voter” back in 1988, Free and Equal Elections Foundation hosted the 2012 “3rd Party” Presidential debates that were moderated by Larry King and Thom Hartmann and viewed by an estimated 20 million people.
4 Point Plan for Open & Honest Presidential Debates in 2016 that Supports Alternative Points of View
1 – More celebrity moderators. Larry King and Thom Hartmann generated significant amounts of press for those debates, and we plan on bringing in more names the entire world knows and cameras can’t help but follow to moderate the debates in 2016.
2 – Build a massive coalition. We intend to expand on the 57 media and organization sponsors F&E had for the 2012 debates, and we believe that America’s presidential debates should be run by a diverse coalition that well represents America rather than any single organization. In addition, RT America, Al Jazeera, Free Speech TV, Ora.tv, Link TV and CSPAN all broadcast the 2012 debates, and we’re going to work hard to expand that list of networks in 2016.
3 – In the summer of 2012 activists were able to get through to 2 companies and 1 organization (Phillips, BBH New York and the YWCA) that had been sponsors of the Commission on Presidential Debates and educate them about their debates being closed. We were late on the ball in trying to bring them on as sponsors of the open debates in 2012, and we’ll really need your help letting the CPD’s sponsors know about our coalition and inviting them to join us and our call for open debates. If we can get just one of them to join us, it will create an opportunity for a national news story.”
4 – At least 10 debates. We’ll start the 2016 debates in the early summer, and space them out so that the last one takes place right before the CPD’s start. The plan is to create demand for the candidates to be included in the CPD’s events. If they don’t allow them to their debate, we hope the entire country will become very aware of the fraud, and we’ll publicly invite the democrat and republican candidates to our platform while we continue hosting debates with our remaining candidates on the same nights the CPD’s are held to include the VP’s. We would ignore them just as they’ve ignored the disenfranchised party and independent candidates.
Our plan is to create debates where candidates are asked questions from real people that they may not have been ‘pre’ prepared for. As well with more audience questions and follow-ups allowing for actual debates rather than the rehearsed sound bytes. We’ve had decades of secret backroom deals scripting our presidential debates, and it’s way past time we make them transparent, open and honest.
We are currently looking for organizations, companies, media outlets and individuals that would be interested in joining a coalition to help make these debates as big a success as possible, and hope you would consider joining us.
If you’re an individual you can raise your hand in support of this initiative by going to the “Citizens Coalition” page and if you’re an organization, we invite you to fill out the form located on this page.