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 19938 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
19813 1 year ago Anonymous Austin, TX
19812 1 year ago Donald Landers Jacksonville, AL
19811 1 year 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 1 year ago Dalya Ellaibody CA
19809 1 year ago Anonymous Milton, ot
19808 1 year ago Scarlett Mitchell AL
19807 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago Anonymous Tacoma, WA
19804 1 year ago robert rizzuto bronx, NY
19803 1 year ago Charles Sloan IL
19802 1 year ago Ian Lambert Chandler, AZ
19801 1 year ago Kathleen Yerby SHREVEPORT, LA
19800 1 year ago jamison gent effingham, IL
19799 1 year ago Charles Dyer Streamwood, IL
19798 1 year ago Wayne Young Arvada, CO
19797 1 year ago mary robbs Edinburgh, ot
19796 1 year ago Anonymous palo alto, CA
19795 1 year ago Thomas Vetter Maysville, KY
19794 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago Anonymous Greenwood, IN Open the debates so the electorate can be educated & knowledgable about 3rd party candidates & their platforms!
19791 1 year ago Li Jam W.C., PA
19790 1 year ago Marshall Linton Perkasie, PA Choice and information should not be restricted in a democratic society.
19789 1 year ago Fannie Breeden Gordonsville, VA
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