Third party candidates may not got the chance to debate President Obama or GOP candidate Mitt Romney this year (just ask Jill Stein), but they will get a chance to discuss the issues facing the nation this Tuesday during a debate moderated by Larry King.
King, the longtime host of Larry King Live, will host a debate in Chicago on October 23 between Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, the Constitution Party’s Virgil Goode, and the Justice Party’s Rocky Anderson.
“They have a story to tell. It’s a valid story. It’s a two-party system, but not a two-party system by law.”
Third party candidates like Jill Stein have been fighting for their right to be heard at presidential debates. Stein, who has been gathering signatures in an effort to persuade the Commission on Presidential Debates to allow third party candidates in the major presidential debates, was arrested yesterday after she tried to enter Hofstra University to join Obama and Romney on the national stage.
The debate was organized by The Free and Equal Elections Foundation.
Chrsitina Tobin, founder and chair of the foundation, said:
“We are honored to have Larry King moderate this historic debate. The previous debates between President Obama and Gov. Romney have failed to address the issues that really concern everyday Americans. From foreign policy, to the economy, to taboo subjects like our diminishing civil liberties and the drug war, Americans deserve a real debate, real solutions, and real electoral options.”
The Larry King moderated debate will be broadcast on October 23 on Ora.tv.
Are you glad to see the third party candidates getting some attention? Do you think that they’ll have an effect on the election?