Greens: Rigged Debates = Rigged Elections
WASHINGTON, DC — Greens across the US are demanding an invitation for
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein (http://www.jillstein.org)
to 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
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!’,
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.
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
• 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:
• 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.
• 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:
• “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.
Green Party of the United States http://www.gp.org