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Commission on Presidential Debates

Commission on Presidential Debates

Here is the story from the counter organization's, Open Debates, website:

The Presidential debates -- the single most important electoral event in the process of selecting a President -- should provide voters with an opportunity to see the popular candidates discussing important issues in an unscripted manner. But the Presidential debates fail to do so, because the major party candidates secretly control them.

Presidential debates were run by the civic-minded and non-partisan League of Women Voters until 1988, when the national Republican and Democratic parties seized control of the debates by establishing the bi-partisan, corporate-sponsored Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Posing as a nonpartisan institution committed to voter education, the CPD has continually and deceptively run the debates in the interest of the national Republican and Democratic parties, not the American people.

Every four years, negotiators for the Republican and Democratic nominees secretly draft debate contracts called Memoranda of Understanding that dictate precisely how the debates will be structured; co-chaired by the former heads of the Republican and Democratic parties, the CPD obediently implements the contracts, shielding the major party candidates from public criticism.

Such deceptive major party control severely harms our democracy. Candidates that voters want to see are often excluded; issues the American people want to hear about are often ignored; the debates have been turned into a series of glorified bipartisan news conferences, in which the candidates exchange memorized soundbites; and debate viewership has generally dropped, with twenty-five million fewer people watching the 2000 presidential debates than watching the 1992 presidential debates. Walter Cronkite called CPD-sponsored presidential debates an “unconscionable fraud.”

This is the story here, folks, alright do your thing. educate and revolt!

link to the enemy of freedom's website:
http://www.debates.org/pages/news_111907.html

link to the organization that could be a powerful ally for the C4L or at the very least a wonderful source we can learn from and put to use in our own fight:
http://www.opendebates.org/

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Important info!

Candidate Negotiation? I think this says it all:

Candidate Negotiation
The debate sponsor and the participants must agree on the details and terms of the debate. If you are sponsoring a political debate, ask each candidate to name a representative who has the power to speak for him or her. Find out how to contact those representatives quickly, including when they are on the road. In handling negotiations, you need to be a firm and fair facilitator. Candidates will be particularly interested in the format issues which follow.

Each point is discussed in greater detail in the format section.

• Selection of questioners
• Debate topics
• Debate length
• Opening and closing statements
• Questions and answers
• Timing the debate and selecting a timer
• Order of speakers

PyraBang for Liberty

PyraBang for Liberty

Debate access

is our mission.

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this is how they screw third parties:

"The Commission also released the 2008 Candidate Selection Criteria which will be used to determine who is invited to participate in the general election debates. In addition to being constitutionally eligible, candidates must appear on a sufficient number of state ballots to have a mathematical chance of winning a majority vote of the electoral college, and have 15% support in national polls before the debates."

of course, after being seen in the debates they might have that chance of 15% or greater.

Thanks Henrywilliamson

Hi! Mr Williamson, for the info, as I noticed the dates on this sight Sept 26th is the first one on the list in Oxford Ms, this location is only 10 mins from my house,Our Oxford RP Meetup group is not active, and my husband and I started a new one months ago in Batesville Ms in the next county,but only 6 members, I'm new to this kind of thing, do you have any suggestions? Thanks

it is funny

It is funny to see all the clamoring going on. I just posted this and while you all vent and show your fury over barr we could all be active.

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you should know this info.