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Gary Johnson and Ron Paul Supporters Got Shut Out of Presidential Debates 2012

As President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney take the stage on Wednesday for the first presidential debate of election 2012, one candidate has been excluded from taking a stand on stage at the debate: libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Johnson has been shut out from the presidential debates, a decision which has angered third-party voters and even prompted at least two of the debate's sponsors to pull their support.

George Farah, founder and executive director of Open Debates, a non-profit which has been petitioning to include third party candidates in the debate, says Democrats and Republicans have secretly negotiated a detailed contract that dictates many of the terms of the 2012 presidential debates. This includes who gets to participate, as well as the topics raised during the debates.

Open Debate has been protesting the debates for months, along with Johnson supporters. Two initial debate sponsors have withdrawn their support, including Philips Electronics and the women's organization YWCA, after they got flooded with letters from Gary Johnson supporters and the watchdog groups Open Debates and Help the Commission.


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