Open the Debates!!!

Green Party of the United States

Our focus for October is the suit that the Green Party and our 2012 Presidential Candidate Jill Stein,the Libertarian Party, and others filed just this week in U.S. District Court in Washington.

The lawsuit is designed to force the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) to open up the debates to qualified candidates like the GPUS Presidential nominee.

You can count on it: If a Green Presidential candidate stands on the stage with the GOP and Democratic nominees, the discussion will be far, far different than focus-group tested 20 second sound bites!

But we have (as usual) an uphill battle: The Commission has hoodwinked the corporate media and most voters into thinking it’s bipartisan.


The official sounding commission is privately run and funded. It was established in 1987 when the Republicans and Democrats shoved aside the League of Women Voters, the traditional sponsors of the debate.

Now it’s run entirely by Democrats and Republicans hacks, and DESIGNED to freeze out 3rd party candidates… Democrats and Republicans who fight tooth and nail to keep 3rd party candidates out.

In fact, 2012 GPUS Presidential Candidate Jill Stein and VP Candidate Cheri Honkala were ARRESTED for just trying to ATTEND the 2012 debates!


That’s why we’re part of a suit to blast open the doors and open those debates to third party candidates, including the Green Party.

Public pressure to open the debates is gaining momentum!

Here’s the update:

Media attention on the inherent censorship and unfairness of the Commission, including Huffington Post’s coverage of Jill Stein’s recent PBS interview with Tavis Smiley on the lawsuit, is increasing. Here’s a great video clip:

The CPD says they will issue new debate criteria in October. We don’t expect them to open up the debates just yet, but we need to start showing them how many Americans want more voices and choices.