As noted before, I’m a big proponent of equal access to debates for all candidates who could potentially win the presidency. As of today, there are six parties with access on enough ballots to theoretically win the presidency [Constitution, Democrat, Green, Independent, Libertarian, and Republican]. Tonight there will be a debate between the vice-presidential candidates between at least three of these parties in Las Vegas. The vice-presidential candidates confirmed for the debate are Wayne Allen Root of the Libertarian party, Darrell Castle of the Constitution party and Matt Gonzalez, running under the Independent Nader-Gonzalez ticket. Note, I am voting for the Ralph Nader – Matt Gonzalez ticket. All six parties were invited to the debate, but no word from Joe Biden, Sarah Palin, nor Rosa Clemente yet on whether they will attend.
No word yet on whether C-SPAN will cover tonight’s debate (my guess is they’ll end up covering it at the last minute) but there will be a free live video stream at They Will Be Heard at 9 PM (Eastern), so make sure you check it out! Proletariat Power will also live-blog the debate, much like they did with the presidential debate on October 23rd. It’s nice to see that the third part candidates have begun setting up their own debates, perhaps next time they can do so before the major parties and get a head start on getting their message heard.
There was also a presidential debate this past Thursday, October 30th between Constitution candidate Chuck Baldwin, Indepedent candidate Ralph Nader, and Libertarian candidate Bob Barr at the City Club in Cleveland Ohio. You can check out the full one hour video of the debate at We Demand Videos!
Vote third party!