Dear Members of the Commission:
On behalf of the 6% of likely voters nationwide who plan to vote for the Libertarian Presidential Ticket of Governor Gary Johnson and Judge Jim Gray this November 6th (Polled 9/21 by Princeton Survey Research International),
On behalf of the 2% to 10.6% of likely voters polled in the razor-close Tipping Point States of New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Nevada, and Colorado -- who plan to vote for Libertarian Presidential candidate, 2-Term Governor Gary Johnson,
On behalf of the 26,192 individuals (as of 10/1/12) who signed the petition for you to include Libertarian Presidential candidate, Governor Gary Johnson in the Presidential Debates with Democratic Presidential candidate, President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential candidate, Governor Mitt Romney,
2-Term Governor Gary Johnson is Qualified to be Included in these Presidential Debates
25-Year Superior Court Judge Jim Gray is Qualified to be Included in the Vice-Presidential Debate
Relevant: Libertarian Presidential Candidate Governor Gary Johnson’s votes in one or more of the key Tipping Point States – New Hampshire(4), Virginia(13), North Carolina(15), Florida(29), Ohio(18), Iowa(6), Nevada(6), and Colorado(9) – could shift as many as 100 Electoral Votes this November 6th …and could determine the outcome of the 2012 Presidential Election.
Shouldn’t the voters in these 8 Tipping Point states get the opportunity to compare and contrast Libertarian Presidential candidate Governor Gary Johnson against the republican and Democratic Presidential candidates in the nationally-televised Presidential debates – BEFORE they decide who to vote for?
Most Americans need an Electron Microscope to find real differences between most actions and policies of President Obama and Governor Romney.
Excluding Libertarian Presidential candidate Governor Gary Johnson from the Presidential Debates guarantees that real differences don’t get debated. For example:
Both Obama and Romney will add $1.2 Trillion more to the federal debt in their first year alone. President Gary Johnson will cut spending in Year One by 43% to balance the budget.
Obama and Romney supported bailouts for banks, corporations, foreign governments and state governments. President Gary Johnson will veto all bailouts.
Obama will preserve, protect and expand Obamacare. Romney will replace it with Romneycare. President Gary Johnson will repeal Obamacare completely and return medical choices to families and doctors.
Romney and Obama will keep 550,000 U.S. troops stationed in foreign countries and drag on the war in Afghanistan. President Gary Johnson will radically draw down U.S. troops in foreign countries and immediately bring our troops home from Afghanistan.
Obama and Romney will continue the failed Marijuana Prohibition.
President Gary Johnson will end the Prohibition and free the many who suffer from cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, migraines, and other serious disease to seek relief from pain and disability.
What if you put on a Presidential Debate and nobody watches? That’s the direction you’re headed by excluding qualified candidates like 2-Term Governor Gary Johnson.
10 million to 20 million fewer Americans will watch your 2012 debates than the 2008 debates – UNLESS you include the other qualified Presidential candidate, Libertarian 2-Term New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. Why? His viewpoint and proposals are dramatically different from Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. He attracts a different segment of American voters. He brings in new viewers to the debates.
Do the right thing, the good thing, the smart thing:
Invite and include Libertarian Presidential candidate Governor Gary Johnson and Vice-Presidential candidate Judge Jim Gray in the 2012 Debates.
Yours for open debates and elections,
Good thing there are windows.
Join us tonight to make our voices heard by taking advantage of the following windows of opportunity! Join the conversation on any and all of the following channels to help raise awareness and fight the politics of fear!
1. Democracy Now! As Obama and Romney square off in the first Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) debate tonight, Amy Goodman and Democracy Now! will broadcast live from Denver with a special expanded presidential discussion from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Eastern.
Democracy Now! will air the debate, pausing after questions to include equal time responses from Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson. This live broadcast will be available in over 25 million household via Free Speech TV and Link TV, as well online at Democracy Now!’s website.
Tell everyone you know to tune in.
2. #OccupytheCPD! The
Presidential Debates is launching “The Voice Of ___”
which will feature livestreaming, feedback, polling, and more on the
livestreaming all of the debates.
4. Tweet! Use the
following hashtags to join the conversation:
Live will be interviewing a variety
of people, but your comments anywhere on Facebook during this pivotal
time will be important!
Say what you will to rebut the flawed policies of the Obama White House and the Romney campaign, but please try to mention Jill Stein’s Green New Deal. Green New Deal. Green New Deal. The more people see that phrase, the more they’ll wonder what it is, and the better chance we have at forcing it into the political discourse!
Beyond that key phrase, here are some other messages relevant to tonight’s debate on domestic policy:
Health Care Reform
Financial Regulatory Reform
Finally, check out and share Campaign Manager Ben Manski’s video report from the ground in Denver! These are the next steps in winning free and equal debates.
For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Scott McLarty, Media Coordinator
Starlene Rankin, Media Coordinator
WASHINGTON, DC -- Greens across the US are demanding an invitation
for Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein (http://www.jillstein.org)
the presidential debates, in advance of the first debate on
Wednesday, October 3, in Denver.
Dr. Stein's plans for October 3 include an appearance on Democracy Now!'s Live Debate Talkback, hosted by Amy Goodman, live from Denver during the Obama-Romney debate (http://www.jillstein.org/democracy_now_s_live_debate_talkback_with_jill_stein).
Below is a list of events in Denver and links related to the first debate and Dr. Stein's exclusion, including a march on the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD).
Green Party leaders and activists have insisted that the debates must include every candidate who is on enough ballots to win the White House and who has demonstrated a minimal level of support -- either 1% of the vote in a credible national poll or qualification for federal matching funds or both. Jill Stein and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson meet all of these criteria. (See 'Occupy the CPD!', http://occupythecpd.org)
Greens have called the CPD, which controls the debates, an attempt to rig elections. The CPD, owned and run by the Democratic and Republican parties and the two parties' corporate funders, determines criteria for participation and has decided that only Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will be allowed in front of the microphones.Â
The CPD took over the debates in the early 1990s to limit the stage to their own candidates and to make sure that no challenging questions get asked. The League of Women Voters, which sponsored the debates before the CPD took over, has called this situation "a fraud on the American voter."
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 5:30 pm MST: Occupy the Debates! Occupy Denver, Green presidential candidate Jill Stein, Green vice-presidential candidate Cheri Honkala, and supporters will join an Occupy Denver march on the Commission on Presidential Debates. McWilliams Park at E. Yale Avenue and S. Steele Street in Denver. More information: http://www.jillstein.org/occupy_the_debates_denver
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 7 pm MST (9 pm EST, 6 pm PST): Democracy Now!'s Live Debate Talkback with Jill Stein, former Salt Lake City Mayor and 2012 presidential candidate Rocky Anderson, and host Amy Goodman. The live program will begin at 6:30 pm, and Jill Stein will join the show at 7 pm. Central Presbyterian Church, 1660 Sherman Street in Denver. More information: http://www.jillstein.org/democracy_now_s_live_debate_talkback_with_jill_stein
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 9:30 pm MST: Occupy the Debates! AFTERRALLY with Jill Stein, Cheri Honkala and musical entertainment. Stein-Honkala campaign manager Ben Manski will host a post-debate rally with live music and rousing speeches from the candidates. Mercury Cafe, 2199 California Street in Denver. More information: http://www.jillstein.org/occupy_the_debates_after_rally_with_jill_stein_and_cheri_honkala
"Chickens picket Romney HQ in leadup to Denver debates protests" ("OccupytheCPD.org organizer and U.S. Uncut founder Carl Gibson presented a Romney staffer with 'The World's Biggest Chicken Award'. Romney last faced Jill Stein in a 2002 gubernatorial debate which Massachusetts media later declared Dr. Stein the winner.")
Occupy the CPD!
"Open the Debates: Demand inclusion of Jill Stein and Gary Johnson!"
By Scott McLarty, FireDogLake (blog), September 20, 2012
"In a First, Debates Give Presidential Candidates the Topics Ahead Of Time"
By Elizabeth Flock, US News & World Report, September 21, 2012
Video: Jill Stein speaks and answers questions from viewers on climate change during a Digital Town Hall broadcast on the Green Party's Livestream Channel on Sept. 30, hosted by "No Impact Man" Colin Beavan, Green candidate for the US House in Brooklyn, NY.