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Open Debates 2016

In light of statements such as “The Commission on Presidential Debates perpetuates a fraud on the American voter”, 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. A number of us who worked with Free & Equal then (I was their communications director) have even bigger plans moving forward. We believe that with laying the groundwork down now, we can create debates that are viewed by far more than 20 million people and really help restore honest presidential debates in America.

Our 4 point plan to restore open and honest debates in 2016 and let alternative voices and ideas be heard can be found at http://opendebates2016.com/

The media project I'm working with now - http://benswann.com/ - is with an eye on creating relationships with people in other organizations and media outlets that will potentially help with the 2016 plan. (I'm Ben's pr director)

We are currently looking for organizations, companies, and media outlets would be interested in joining a coalition to help make these debates as big a success as possible, and if you know anyone who might consider joining with - http://ivn.us/ - http://www.saveamericafoundation.com - http://www.watchingamerica.com/News/ - http://www.endpartisanship.com/ - some of the coalition already aboard, feel very free to pass this along. I think we can really shake things up!

In Liberty, Zak Carter
zakcarter@benswann.com
206-551-8704

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Some of the sources of these quotes really surprised me!

“The debates are part of the unconscionable fraud that our political campaigns have become, a format that defies meaningful discourse. They should be charged with sabotaging the electoral process.”
-Walter Cronkite

“By deciding yesterday to exclude Ross Perot from this year’s debates, the commission proved itself to be a tool of the two dominant parties rather than guardian of the public interest. This commission has no legal standing to monopolize debates, and it is time for some more fair-minded group to get into the business of sponsoring these important events.”
- New York Times editorial, 1996

“In dictatorships, it’s common for political insiders to hinder or even silence non-establishment challengers. To do that in America, which supposedly champions open elections, is outrageous and intolerable. But that is just what the Commission on Presidential Debates has done.”
- Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel editorial

“The Commission on Presidential Debates is a corrupt stranglehold on our democracy.”
- Phil Donahue

“I’m for more open debates. I think the very concept of an elite commission deciding for the American people who deserves to be heard is profoundly wrong.”
- Newt Gingrich

“I want to see my party achieve victory based on what we have to offer this country and our ability to offer it with integrity. I don’t want to see us achieve victory based on the fact that we are better at rigging the game than other people.”
- Alan Keyes

“if broadening participation in the debates increases public participation in our political process, that can only be good for America.”
- Oliver North

“The debate commission is a corrupt duopoly.”
- Steve Forbes

“I’m trying to forget the whole damn experience of those debates. ‘Cause I think it’s too much show business and too much prompting, too much artificiality, and not really debates. They’re rehearsed appearances.”
- Former President George H. W. Bush

“Where did these people come from to be final arbiters of free speech?”
- John Culver, a former US senator and CPD director.

“It’s fundamentally undemocratic. It’s awfully close to corruption. If this group can arbitrarily rule that a billionaire who gets 20 million votes and qualifies for $30 million in election funds can’t participate then God help the rest of us.”
- Jesse Jackson, after Ross Perot was excluded from the presidential debates in 1996

“The American people are the losers because the real issues never are aired by the candidates.”
- U.S. Representative Ed Markey, (D-MA).
From Others

“The Commission on Presidential Debates must be replaced if we want to have a democracy in this country.”
- John B. Anderson, former Republican Congressman and independent presidential candidate

“The CPD events sent the message that their [youth] concerns don’t matter. While seniors and social security each were referenced more than 60 times during three debates in 2000, neither teenagers nor college students were mentioned at all. The kicker? Every debate occurred on a college campus!”
- Jeff Milchen, former director of Reclaim Democracy!

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Thank you for what you are doing!

I wish you the best of success in pulling this off again, hopefully getting a larger audience. It's great that you are working with Ben.

Thanks TemeculaPatriot!

And I'm on a mission to make Ben a household name!

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Why is this only plus four? Somebody upvote this shit!

Andrew Napolitano for President 2016!
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Thanks Rebel Poet!

I'm extremely excited about having 2 and a half years to work on this - especially with the success we had in just a few months of working on the 2012 debates!

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Thanks holbrook!

And thanks to Governor Buddy Roemer and https://www.facebook.com/TheReformProject for joining our coalition!

We look forward to making history together!

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