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.



76-100 of 19941 signatures
Number Date Name Location Please add comment.
19866 2.2 years ago David Josephs Westborough, MA
19865 2.2 years ago T Hayward MI
19864 2.2 years 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.
19863 2.2 years ago Anonymous New York City, NY Lets see all the voices...ESPECIALLY JILL STEIN.
19862 2.2 years ago Hal Trufan Matthews, NC
19861 2.2 years ago Rodney McDonald AR The CPD should be forcefully disbanded for their monopolistic practices and unethical manipulation of the presidential elections.
19860 2.2 years ago Anonymous TX
19859 2.2 years ago Anonymous TX
19858 2.2 years ago Anonymous Schertz, TX
19857 2.2 years ago kai marten Portlan, OR
19856 2.2 years ago Juliana Bussiere Philadelphia, PA
19855 2.2 years ago Janice Lawrence Ashland City, TN
19854 2.2 years ago Andrew Moore Brooklyn, NY With an audience of 100 million people an entire election could change with one debate. That is more that the necessary electorate to win in an election where all eligible citizens participate.
19853 2.2 years ago Glen Anderson Lacey, WA People do not trust mainstream media because you have been captured by "the Establishment." In this case, the two big dysfunctional political parties, which run the "debates" instead of having the ...
19852 2.2 years ago Anonymous Quincy, MA
19851 2.2 years ago Julie Vanden Heuvel-Harvey Pulaski, WI Lets just be Fair!
19850 2.2 years ago Darin Ackre St cloud, MN
19849 2.2 years ago Rob Archacki Austin, TX
19848 2.2 years ago eva orlowski Woodstock, NY
19847 2.2 years ago Sharon Rose Chico, CA
19846 2.2 years ago lee capps coppell, TX The problem is not with the presidential debate committee. The problem is with the public not informing themselves and taking action. If enough people stop watching the debates then the media outlet...
19845 2.2 years ago Rosie Campagna Monterey, CA
19844 2.2 years ago Anonymous Clarendon Hills, IL
19843 2.2 years ago Anonymous Independence, MO Enough is Enough! This Cheating and Manipulative system needs to change! I have been a registered Voter for the past 41years...this year, I as well as many other Democrats AND Republicans alike are The Debate Commission is ONLY HURTING the Republican and Democratic parties and LOSING VOTERS by their OWN shenanigans!
Let US Hear The THIRD Party Candidates in the Debates! Let US decide for Ourselves! ...OTHERWISE.... YOU ARE JUST AUTOMATICALLY PUSHING MORE OF US TO VOTE THIRD PARTY...Think About That!!!!'); return false;">...
19842 2.2 years ago Raymond Lowengard Kingston, NY The fact that the CPD is allowed to close off the debates to third-parties disgusts me deeply, and is one of the reasons I will be voting for Jill Stein, not to mention, I agree with her completely....
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