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.



51-75 of 19938 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
19888 1 year ago Ana Gutierrez CO All parties platforms could be better if they had to listen to other parties. Americans deserve to hear all of their options.
19887 1 year ago Ginger Huether Bellingham, MA
19886 1 year ago Henrietta Charlie bolingbrook, IL
19885 1 year ago Anonymous Olmsted TWP, OH Please include all 4 presidential candidates in the debates.
19884 1 year ago Anonymous Idaho Falls, ID When voices and ideas are suppressed, democracy dies.
19883 1 year ago Anonymous Salem, VA If you get on the ballot in all 50 states, you should be in the debates!
19882 1 year ago Nancy gunn Lambertville , NJ
19881 1 year ago Casey Williams Kannapolis, NC The two party system is broken - Let us hear from Johnson & Stein.
19880 1 year ago Anonymous Kannapolis , NC
19879 1 year ago Anonymous felton, DE Allow us to make a completely informed decision.
19878 1 year ago Anonymous Newport, PA Open the debates to ALL candidates. Tired of the dog and cat fights the media loves.
19877 1 year ago Jennifer Gorman NM
19876 1 year ago M Adaline Jyurovat Boulder, CO The biased debate commission needs to be replaced with one which allows for more than the 2 controlling parties in the debate process..
19875 1 year ago Anonymous Maple Grove, MN
19874 1 year ago Anonymous NC
19873 1 year ago Peggy Li Pasadena, CA We need all candidates representing major parties to be given an opportunity to participate in the debates... that's true Democracy!
19872 1 year ago Anonymous WA
19871 1 year ago Jesse Stanford Riverton, UT
19870 1 year ago Bianca Kann NY
19869 1 year ago Anonymous Fairbanks, AK The 5 national polls chosen this year were horrible. It is completely rigged against 3rd-party candidates. Open the debates!
19868 1 year ago Carlos Jose Cubilete Reading, PA
19867 1 year ago Kevin Brosius OH We're not fooled: we know the game is rigged. We know you're cheating. We know why.
19866 1 year ago David Josephs Westborough, MA
19865 1 year ago T Hayward MI
19864 1 year ago Marjorie Gauntt Ft worth, TX I agree. The media only selects those candidates who they favor, not all. Those who are running in an election should have a chance to speak.
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