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 19938 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
19788 1 year ago Samuel Terpening FL
19787 1 year ago john skiver manomet, MA It is not fair in a democracy to exclude 3rd party candidates. Hope to see them in the 9 October debate.
19786 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago william Moldenhauer Countryside, IL We must stop the 2 party system
19783 1 year ago Neanah Plumer MD
19782 1 year 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 1 year ago Rodney Tippins Jacksonburg, WV
19780 1 year ago Felipe J Ruiz Queens, NY Bring the league of women voters get rid off that corporation calling debates.
19779 1 year ago LaVelle Jones Willingboro, NJ
19778 1 year ago William Guthrie Bluemont, VA
19777 1 year ago Allan Widmeyer Ashland, OR
19776 1 year ago Allan Widmeyer Ashland, OR
19775 1 year ago Kai Blumberg Portland, OR
19774 1 year 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 1 year ago Utae Suzuki Hilo, HI Let's start true democracy.
19772 1 year 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 1 year ago marianne wentworth dyer, IN It is not democracy unless the public can hear a multitude of positions on important issues
19770 1 year ago Anonymous San Antonio, TX show America that we have four choices, not just two... and let them ALL be heard!
19769 1 year ago Stephanie Humphrey Cadillac, MI Stephanie Humphrey Cadillac mi
19768 1 year ago Rebecca Evans Richfield, MN Give them a voice.
19767 1 year 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.
19766 1 year ago Anonymous Powell, OH Please
19765 1 year ago Rob Culbert Pismo Beach, CA
19764 1 year ago Peter Frost HI
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