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.



126-150 of 19941 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
19816 2.2 years ago Brad Layton Rock Springs, WY
19815 2.2 years ago Mark Johnson Grass Valley, CA
19814 2.2 years ago Mark McBurnett Mineola, TX Give the citizens of US a chance to hear all sides of the Presidential debates!
19813 2.2 years ago Anonymous Austin, TX
19812 2.2 years ago Donald Landers jacksonville, AL
19811 2.2 years ago Dawna Johnson CA In my simple mind, it is simply un American to exclude two ( or more ) viable candidates from the debates. They, the archaic two major parties, must me scared ....
19810 2.2 years ago Dalya Ellaibody CA
19809 2.2 years ago Anonymous Milton, ot
19808 2.2 years ago Scarlett Mitchell AL
19807 2.2 years ago John Malmquist McDonough, NY Quote ... "You're in the Great Game .... Give Freedom A Chance. See if it doesn't taste as sweet as what came before" Tyrion Lannister, Game Of Thrones.

True democracy can not exist withou...
19806 2.2 years ago Gunther Frisius Shelton, WA The networks aren't unfettered. Money interests and ownership want things to stay as they are. Only through efforts like this can change even be hoped for.
19805 2.2 years ago Anonymous Tacoma, WA
19804 2.2 years ago robert rizzuto bronx, NY
19803 2.2 years ago Charles Sloan IL
19802 2.2 years ago Ian Lambert Chandler, AZ
19801 2.2 years ago Kathleen Yerby SHREVEPORT, LA
19800 2.2 years ago jamison gent effingham, IL
19799 2.2 years ago Charles Dyer Streamwood, IL
19798 2.2 years ago Wayne Young Arvada, CO
19797 2.2 years ago mary robbs Edinburgh, ot
19796 2.2 years ago Anonymous valley springs, CA
19795 2.2 years ago Thomas Vetter Maysville, KY
19794 2.2 years ago Erin Carroll TX As an American that cares about the future of this country, I am signing this petition in order for our debates to have some actual content instead of the dog and pony show your respective networks ...
19793 2.2 years ago Anonymous Caddo Gap, AR The two-party political system has this nation hostage. We have no choice except what they tell us. This is not democracy.
19792 2.2 years ago Anonymous Greenwood, IN Open the debates so the electorate can be educated & knowledgable about 3rd party candidates & their platforms!
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