Comment: It is clear I was using Ron Paul as an example

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It is clear I was using Ron Paul as an example

and not some hypothetical candidate.

Ross Perot provides another example of an electoral threat to the duopoly. Allowed to debate, Perot was polling at close to 40% in a three man race. Once the Establishment found ways to deal with him, they proceeded to change the rules governing the invitations to debates with the intentions of choking out any competition that fell outside of the two major parties.

This is one of the major reasons Ron Paul refused to run as a third party candidate in the last couple of elections.