Full Third Party Debate

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Agree or disagree with any or all of these third-parties, but it’s a travesty that they haven’t been able to make their voices heard on such important issues on the national stage, especially considering the broad support they’ve garnered. And democracy is in serious trouble when a third-party candidate is arrested and chained instead of allowed into the presidential debates. Jill Stein (Green Party), Rocky Anderson (Justice Party), Virgil Goode (Constitution Party) and Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party) seem to be the only candidates willing to address the concerns that have come to the forefront of our national dialogue after over a year of protest and activism; topics like climate change, civil liberties, NDAA, Citizen’s United, campaign finance, term limits, corporatization and the war on drugs.

Via RT:

Organized by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation, and moderated by the respectfully stern and seemingly-immortal Larry King, the debate was lively and attended by raucous applause, with questions submitted via social media. RT interviewed the candidates beforehand, and broadcast the event live and on their website. Read more there for short bios of each presidential hopeful.

The ‘finalists’, Jill Stein and Gary Johnson, will debate again in Washington DC on October 30th. Democracy Now! had previously hosted a more informal set of debates between the candidates in recent weeks.

  • charlieprimero

    Third parties will get more votes when they start offering more loot.

  • Nunzio X

    The “winner take all” system is a travesty.

    The idea of a “wasted vote” (when voting for a third, fourth, fifth, etc. party candidate) doesn’t apply in many (if not most) parliamentary-type systems, where you’re essentially voting for the party and its ideals, NOT individual candidates.

    So imagine a system where, say, the Green Party got ten percent of the vote and then appointed ten percent of Congress.

    But, fuck—the whole system is well over two hundred years old and in dire need of a complete rebuild, which ain’t gonna happen.

    • Jin The Ninja

      trust me, no in living in a parliamentary system feels “well-represented.”

  • Hadrian999

    taking part in the current system in any way only serves to validate it. without proportional representation 3rd parties are pointless. the men and women of the 3rd parties should be campaigning against the system itself not giving it the illusion of choice.

    • Jin The Ninja

      i agree, although i am not opposed to one giving a ‘vote of conscience’ to a 3rd party candidate.
      and whomever disliked your comment is a dunce.

      • Hadrian999

        my problem with votes of conscience is that they give the illusion of choice or inclusion. If a candidate or party would come out and say a vote for our party is a vote to abolish the 2 party winner take all system it would be a different matter.

        • Dying_Fetus
          • Hadrian999

            being a republican politician for 17 years then pulling a stunt because you can’t win a primary doesn’t make you a real 3rd party candidate, he is pulling a Lieberman, thats all

        • Jin The Ninja

          i understand your meaning, and i agree wholeheartedly. the problem is every major CDN party (the 5 or 6 or so who actually get voted in) always talk about electoral reform.

          everyone, from the nationalist wild rose, to separatist bloc, to social democrat NDP, neo-con PCs, moderate center greens and even the centre-right liberal party (whom have basically been in power since the 1970s).

          • Hadrian999

            reform from inside isn’t possible, the existing parties control the process, talk of electoral reform isn’t the same as demanding an end to the current system

    • BuzzCoastin

      not that I don’t agree
      but
      potentially the sheeple could overthrow the 2 in 1 party system
      by voting in only the marginal candidates
      this of course is extremely unlikely
      nonetheless, I do think most 3rd party candidates are campaigning against the system

  • Anarchy Pony

    The constitution party? Addressing real problems? HAHAHAHAHAHA!