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 19941 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
19891 2.2 years ago Anonymous redwood valley, CA We have a sexual predator and a liar represented at the presidential debates. Please include Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Jill Stein (Green Party) i...
19890 2.2 years ago Dan Paige Cincinnati, OH Make it right and let all candidates have a choice in place debate.
19889 2.2 years ago John DeRose Miami, FL Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump represent the interest of the big corporations and not the middle class, the poor, the environment, or a healthy future for our future. The Democratic party failed t...
19888 2.2 years 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 2.2 years ago Ginger Huether Bellingham, MA
19886 2.2 years ago Henrietta Charlie bolingbrook, IL
19885 2.2 years ago Anonymous Olmsted TWP, OH Please include all 4 presidential candidates in the debates.
19884 2.2 years ago Anonymous Idaho Falls, ID When voices and ideas are suppressed, democracy dies.
19883 2.2 years ago Anonymous Salem, VA If you get on the ballot in all 50 states, you should be in the debates!
19882 2.2 years ago Nancy gunn Lambertville , NJ
19881 2.2 years ago Casey Williams Kannapolis, NC The two party system is broken - Let us hear from Johnson & Stein.
19880 2.2 years ago Anonymous Kannapolis , NC
19879 2.2 years ago Anonymous felton, DE Allow us to make a completely informed decision.
19878 2.2 years ago Anonymous Newport, PA Open the debates to ALL candidates. Tired of the dog and cat fights the media loves.
19877 2.2 years ago Jennifer Gorman Albuquerque, NM
19876 2.2 years 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 2.2 years ago Anonymous Maple Grove, MN
19874 2.2 years ago Anonymous NC
19873 2.2 years 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 2.2 years ago Anonymous WA
19871 2.2 years ago Jesse Stanford Riverton, UT
19870 2.2 years ago Bianca Kann NY
19869 2.2 years 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 2.2 years ago Carlos Jose Cubilete Reading, PA
19867 2.2 years ago Kevin Brosius OH We're not fooled: we know the game is rigged. We know you're cheating. We know why.
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