C-SPAN to Cover Nader-McKinney-Baldwin Debate

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C-SPAN will broadcast the October 19 debate between Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney, and Chuck Baldwin, although it is not yet known if it will be broadcast live. The debate will be Sunday evening, October 19, at Columbia University in New York city. The moderator will be Amy Goodman of Pacifica Radio. It is possible that Pacifica Radio will also broadcast it. The debate is sponsored by Free and Equal Elections.

Bob Barr declined to participate because he is scheduled to speak somewhere else that evening.
According to this MSNBC story of October 14, he will be campaigning at colleges in Ohio and Virginia during the period October 14-23.

22 Responses to “C-SPAN to Cover Nader-McKinney-Baldwin Debate”

  1. drifter Says:

    kinda getting irritated by bob barr - this “I am better then all the other third parties” is getting kinda old.

    I suppose he figures if he acts like the major parties by being an jerk to all the other candidates, he will be more like the major parties.

    The only reason I really have left to vote for bob barr is to hopefully help the LP with their future ballot access. it is not because I believe in him anymore.

  2. disinter Says:

    drifter - you are assuming that CIA asset and neocon Barf is running to win and/or promote the LP.

  3. Mike Says:

    Barr has committed political suicide. That being said, Im glad to see a debate occuring between some third party options. Too bad McInsane and Obomba are too afraid to debate these 3.

  4. Michael Says:

    No doubt. It’s going to hurt Barr and help the others. He better change his speaking plans.

  5. Josh Says:

    Another Barr spoof,

    Is he really just a GOP implant

    I am voting for Baldwin

  6. Sobriquet Says:

    Bob Barr. Does anyone other than Bob Barr still think Bob Barr is relevant?

  7. Andy Craig Says:

    Socialist-lite vs. Socialist-insane vs. Theocrat, with the common denominator being they’re all conspiracy nutters.

    Sounds delightful.

  8. MPM Says:

    “Barr has committed political suicide.”

    Do you really think the average voter cares how much a third party candidate snubs the other third party candidates? You’d be surprised, we all here are more educated than the average voter unfortunately, so you’d be lucky if you could find many people who can name all of the candidates in that debate. It’s all about being an attention whore because recognition is at a premium; a recent poll found the vast majority of likely voters cant name more than 3 candidates in this election. So I don’t think this is a big deal though I am thinking to myself “WTF Bob?” especially since it breaks the precedent set by Michael Badnarik. Remember 4 years ago, when Nader was the one snubbing other third party candidates? haha

  9. Glaivester Says:

    I remember 8 years ago, when Nader and Buchanan snubbed Phillips, Hagelin, and Browne.

  10. John Karr Says:

    I have to agree with the Barr Campaign on this one.
    It has nothing to do with snubbing anyone.
    The final few weeks to the election are at a premium and they booked Bob solid for the last few weeks. The blame has to be with the various people who were trying to organize this debate. If they had set this date up a month ago, Bob would have been there. You also have to look at the fact that the only network that’s indicated interest in it is CSPAN, and compare that to the cost of rescheduling two days (with purchasing last minute tickets to make the revised schedule).
    If a major network adds it to their schedule I bet the equation changes and Bob does get there, even if that doesn’t happen I am hopeful that the campaign will get someone there (maybe Wayne if his schedule isn’t as tight—ironically last minute flights from Vegas are a lot cheaper than last minute regional flights).

  11. No McBama! Says:

    I hope they remember provide a podium for Invisible Bob Barr v2.1. They can call on him once in a while and cut to a shot of the empty podium for a few seconds.

    It could make for a dandy campaign commercial, too: “I’m Invisible Bob Barr and I endorsed this furniture”.

  12. Cody Quirk Says:

    Well, Bob has stated that he won’t debate the other third-party candidates, so this isn’t surprising.

  13. Michael Seebeck Says:

    Except, John Karr, his calendar is open that day, and there are plenty of nonstops from Denver to New York, and New York to Cincinnati, and he has at least two days on either side. See http://www.bobbarr2008.com/events/

    Nope, he’s just copping out.

  14. Richgriffin Says:

    Bob Barr would be there if he were only debating Ralph Nader and not Cynthia McKinney and esp. Chuck Baldwin. It’s not his schedule, it’s his pomposity.

    Since Nader & McKinney essentially agree, Baldwin will have the right wing space to himself. Still, I’m looking forward to hearing two intelligent candidates speak for a change!

    I’m hoping that now that Obama is clearly going to win, it will free up true progressive voters to vote for Nader & McKinney!

  15. George Dance Says:

    According to the NYTimes story of Oct. 15: “Just exactly who will be there is still murky, since certified letters have just gone out to all candidates, say event organizers.” However, “The only question mark is Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party candidate. Mr. Barr has made it clear that he will only debate Mr. Nader and no one else. Christina M. Tobin, an event organizer and a Nader campaign staffer, said that she “challenges” Mr. Barr to show up.”

    So: before the Barr campaign has even received an invitation, the Nader campaign is spreading the story that Barr will not be participating.

    What are Nader staffers doing organizing the event? Originally the Oct. 19 debate was being organized by Third Party Ticket, sponsored by Free and Equal, Break the Matrix, and Open Debates. Now, suddenly, Free and Equal is gone as a TPT sponsor, and is hosting its own third-party debate with Columbia (and the Nader campaign???) the same day.


  16. ChristTrekker Says:

    Please follow up with info about when this will be broadcast!

  17. ~enemyartistkristofeR! Says:

    Thank Goodness for Amy Goodman and http://www.democracynow.org real fair media coverage. This isn’t being put on by the alphabet soup news networks, this is real democracy at it’s finest! True journalism and news reporting and now the First and Only Real Debate of this election. I am sure it will raise some serious pints that NONE of the two party duopoly twins would dare touch on TV. I wish I were back in NY for this one. I would love to be in the crowd. Unfortunately for Bob Barr he is missing out on a Golden opportunity to participate and let the people hear his message, but I do think the other 3 third party candidates will cover a great spectrum of topics and issues on the real americans mind. G0 3rd!

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  18. Richgriffin Says:

    8 p.m. Sunday on C-Span.

  19. DebbieKat Says:

    In a way, it’s kind of a shame that the socialist parties aren’t in on this debate. I think it would be interesting to hear their point of view too. We need more dialog all the way around. Looking forward to catching this!

  20. Clark Says:

    BITCHGRIFFIN CHEERLEADS: “I’m hoping that now that Obama is clearly going to win, it will free up true progressive voters to vote for Nader & McKinney(END)

    ..LOL!...i guess in order to be a BITCHGRIFFIN ‘progressive’ (disgruntled democreep) one has to work their hamburger hole near-endlessly about ‘economic issues’ involving illion$ while worse than ignorant as to the origin, nature, etc. of even one fucking ‘dollar’..

    ...ooga booga, BITCH!..

    ...but have a good day too! ;o)

  21. EVIL DICK Says:

    DebbieKat Says:
    October 16th, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    In a way, it’s kind of a shame that the socialist parties aren’t in on this debate. I think it would be interesting to hear their point of view too. We need more dialog all the way around.


  22. Richgriffin Says:

    Has this debate been rescheduled or has it been cancelled altogether?? I was really looking forward to it. ):

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