Petition to Open Up the Presidential Debates


Background: RootsAction cofounder Jeff Cohen's in-depth column

We deserve 4-way debates. We will deliver this petition and your names and comments to ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox Broadcasting, PBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, Univision, and Telemundo.

To Network TV Executives:
Tell the Commission on Presidential Debates and major-party campaigns that they no longer control the debate process and that you intend to present debates – controlled by journalists – that include four candidates: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Jill Stein (Green Party). If Trump or Clinton balk, let them know you’re happy to leave their podium empty.

We urge you to follow a recommendation made by a citizens' task force connected to American University's law school: Include presidential candidates who are on enough state ballots to have a mathematical chance of winning, if they either register at 5 percent in national public opinion polls OR register a majority in national polls asking eligible voters which candidates they would like to see included in the debates.



101-125 of 19938 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
19838 1 year ago mathew williamson colo, IA i would like to hear more than 2 infentile people attack each other i would like to know what they are going to do
19837 1 year ago Melissa Waltiere Liberal, KS Please assert your power and allow the third party candidates to be known.
19836 1 year ago Richard Waltiere Liberal, KS There is no reason that we should not have open discussions about real issues spoken from many different perspectives. This world needs openness for the proliferation of truth. Please let all sides...
19835 1 year ago Cynthia Macabuhay Carson, CA
19834 1 year ago Ron Ringler Long Beach, CA No nation can be considered democratic if it's media excludes some political parties while propping up others.
19833 1 year ago Glen Freeman vancouver, WA
19832 1 year ago William Duran Phoneix, AZ
19831 1 year ago Anonymous Bloomfield, NJ Let the people know their options.
19830 1 year ago Aaron Davis Pittsboro, NC
19829 1 year ago Anonymous VA We the People Deserve to hear our options.
19828 1 year ago Jane Simpson Colorado Springs, CO
19827 1 year ago Laura Genna Bloomfield, NJ Only 9% of voters voted for Clinton or Trump in the primaries. The other 91% of voters have the right to compare all four candidates side-by-side and make an informed decision.
19826 1 year ago Sean Pappalardo CA What's the point of televising debates if all mathematically viable choices aren't present? Besides, think of the ratings boost (and the advertising revenue from ads on either side of the debate...
19825 1 year ago Anonymous VA
19824 1 year ago Anonymous MA
19823 1 year ago Anonymous Shreveport, LA I would watch this one. Not interested in the one from Monday night 9/26. oDon't care to watch those 2 only.
19822 1 year ago Jason Straub Jenkintown, PA
19821 1 year ago Charlotte Crawley Shreveport , LA
19820 1 year ago Anonymous FL We must have fair representation in front of a broader audience
19819 1 year ago mike pastore melbourne, FL bring back the league of woman voters!!
19818 1 year ago andria rossi SALEM, MA It is critical that they participate in the next debate.
19817 1 year ago Carlos Oviedo CA
19816 1 year ago Brad Layton Rock Springs, WY
19815 1 year ago Mark Johnson Grass Valley, CA
19814 1 year ago Mark McBurnett Mineola, TX Give the citizens of US a chance to hear all sides of the Presidential debates!
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