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Atlantic: Gary Johnson's Pitch to the Commission on Presidential Debates

When Gary Johnson was a GOP primary candidate, he watched in frustration as CNN invited an obviously unqualified Herman Cain onto the debate stage, even as it refused appeals from the former two-term New Mexico governor to take part or even to be included in the polls used to determine eligibility.

Now that Governor Johnson is the Libertarian Party presidential nominee, he has a similar problem but a different foe. The Commission on Presidential Debates doesn't want to extend him an invitation. In an open letter to the organization, he's trying to persuade them to change their minds. The third of voters who are loyal to neither the Republican Party nor the Democratic Party deserve to have at least some representation during the televised presidential debates, he argues.

Says Johnson:

I understand that there are a great many "third party" candidates, and that a line must be drawn somewhere. However, the simple reality of our Electoral College system draws that line in a very straightforward and fair way - a reality that is reflected in your existing criteria. If a candidate is not on the ballot in a sufficient number of states to be elected by the Electoral College, it is perfectly logical to not include that candidate in a national debate. If, on other hand, a candidate IS on the ballot in enough states to be elected, there is no logic by which that candidate should be excluded. Nowhere in the Constitution or in law is it written that our President must be a Democrat or a Republican. However, it IS written that a candidate must receive a majority of the votes - or at least 50% - cast by electors, and that any candidate who does so, and otherwise meets the Constitution's requirements, may be President.

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Though the Daily Paul seems to hate this guy

I really like him. Gov. Johnson is starting to garner real support, and I really hope he makes it into the debates. RP in Tampa, GJ at the ballot box!

Thank you

Some journalists in the mainstream media are starting to come on his side and cover him in a positive way.

There are about 20 - 30 people on the Daily Paul who hate GJ -- some are Ron Paul absolutists some are Mitt Romney operatives.

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To Romney supporters

Republican party returns to 3rd party status on Nov. 6th
#RomneyFail
3rd place finish.

Romney voters you are FREE to down-vote me but you will not be able to change the reality.

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Exactly!

Sound logic and a glimmer of hope for this election. I do wish RP would endorse Johnson.

h-daddy

Thanks

4 years ago Dr. Paul endorsed 3rd party candidate (Chuck Baldwin) and called for people to vote for 3rd parties.

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