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.



151-175 of 19941 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
19791 2.2 years ago Li Jam W.C., PA
19790 2.2 years ago Marshall Linton Perkasie, PA Choice and information should not be restricted in a democratic society.
19789 2.2 years ago Fannie Breeden Gordonsville, VA
19788 2.2 years ago Samuel Terpening FL
19787 2.2 years ago john skiver Salem, MA It is not fair in a democracy to exclude 3rd party candidates. Hope to see them in the 9 October debate.
19786 2.2 years ago Natalie Poe CO I want to have a choice; having just two candidates getting all the media coverage for one of the most powerful positions in the world is a terrible idea. Especially now when so many Americans are n...
19785 2.2 years ago carida caraballo harrisburg, PA I fully support opening the debates to other parties. Of course just anybody can't ,participate but when you are talking about Jill Stein and the individuals on the independent party it is simply no...
19784 2.2 years ago william Moldenhauer Countryside, IL We must stop the 2 party system
19783 2.2 years ago Neanah Plumer MD
19782 2.2 years ago BRENDA KYNE HYATTSVILLE, MD The Commission on Presidential Debates, by its very name, implies that it is an 'arm' of the federal government. In reality, it is a corrupt group of self-appointed degenerates who should be in pri...
19781 2.2 years ago Rodney Tippins Jacksonburg, WV
19780 2.2 years ago Felipe J Ruiz Queens, NY Bring the league of women voters get rid off that corporation calling debates.
19779 2.2 years ago LaVelle Jones Willingboro, NJ
19778 2.2 years ago William Guthrie Bluemont, VA
19777 2.2 years ago Allan Widmeyer Ashland, OR
19776 2.2 years ago Allan Widmeyer Ashland, OR
19775 2.2 years ago Kai Blumberg Portland, OR
19774 2.2 years ago Anonymous Spokane, WA We need to shake out the political rug ! I heard a saying " People get the government they deserve" and we deserve better, so does the world !!!
19773 2.2 years ago Utae Suzuki Hilo, HI Let's start true democracy.
19772 2.2 years ago Betty Kaine Bristol, CT A Democratic and Republican controlled debate, forcibly disallowing other candidates from participating, especially when requested and petitioned to allow them, is not the action of a democracy whi...
19771 2.2 years ago Marianne Wentworth Dyer, IN It is not democracy unless the public can hear a multitude of positions on important issues
19770 2.2 years ago Anonymous San Antonio, TX show America that we have four choices, not just two... and let them ALL be heard!
19769 2.2 years ago Stephanie Humphrey Cadillac, MI Stephanie Humphrey Cadillac mi
19768 2.2 years ago Rebecca Evans Richfield, MN Give them a voice.
19767 2.2 years ago Sarah Roen Plymouth, MN We need to know there's other options than Trump and Clinton out there! Show us we can still be a better America.
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