It is a scandal and a mockery of the democratic process that the largest political party in America, as NBC’s Chuck Todd called the mass of independents, is being kept off the debate stage by insiders seeking to protect the candidates from the two major parties.
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Aug 21, 2015 | The Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently found that the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) had not violated current rules on access to debates. That was no surprise – when you consider that the FEC, like the CPD, is divided between Democrats and Republicans. It’s a bipartisan, not non-partisan agency.
What was surprising, however, was a joint statement that was just released from two members of the FEC: the chair, Ann Ravel, and a commissioner, Ellen L. Weintraub. These two commissioners voted in favor of opening a rulemaking that would consider, in their words, “whether the existing rules are adequate to ensure that debates are conducted fairly and without a bias against non-major-party candidates.”
They lost that vote, 4-2, but in their statement (just released) they lay out a powerful argument against the current debate rules.
Presidential Debate News provides the latest news and information on efforts to open up the presidential debates to include a third, independent candidate - thus, giving the American people a broader choice in their selection of our President and enabling more great Americans to run.
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