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Washington, D.C. — Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has called for open presidential debates and pulled back the curtain on the cute little [non-profit 501(c)(3)] corporation that controls who can be in the debates and who can’t.
In an article carried by The Guardian Stein asked Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to ask that Stein and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party be included in upcoming debates.
Under the rule established by this corporation (obviously established to protect the good old status quo) candidates do not qualify to take part in any debates unless they poll 15 per cent. Stein noted that after Jesse Ventura polled 10 per cent when the barrier was 10 per cent and he debated and won Minnesota Governorship the barrier was raised to 15 per cent.
This corporation calls itself the Commission on Presidential Debates or CPD. All it is, Stein says, is “a thinly disguised scheme to protect the two established parties from completion and perpetuate a political system controlled by the wealthy and big business interests”
She said the CPD keeps the debates within a narrow set of issue determined big party bosses. In the 2012 presidential debates they skipped over major issues including gay rights, the war on drugs, domestic surveillance, housing and abortion. Climate change, the greatest crisis facing human kind, was not mentioned even once
Issuing a challenge to Trump and Clinton to demand the debates open up to candidates who are on enough ballots to win the electoral college, she said the question was quite simple: Will Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand for open debates and American Democracy or not?
Looking at the options, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has been bemoaning the rigged election process, might be a better bet to seek open debates than Clinton, who despite Bernie Sanders’ urgings remains the Queen of the Status Quo.
Sanders Sunday said the current 15% polling threshold is “probably too high.”
The first debate takes place Sept. 26 at Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y.