Archive for the 'Debate' Category

C-SPAN to Cover Nader-McKinney-Baldwin Debate

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Ballot Access News

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 [...]

IAP candidates take on Dems- with Republicans absent

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Independent American state legislative candidates John Wagner, and David Schumann, met at 6:00 pm on Friday in the Carson City Community Center with Democratic incumbent Bonnie Parnell, and Democratic challengers Steven Dalton & Joetta Brown. The debate was being hosted by the League of Women Voters.
The GOP candidates either could not make it or [...]

Nader plans rally to get into presidential debates

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

From the Boston Globe (blogs):

Ron Paul is planning a rally set opposite the Republicans in St. Paul - and now Ralph Nader has announced that he’ll hold a rally of his own opposite the Democrats in Denver. Nader’s rally is to try and stir up public support for allowing third-party candidates to participate in [...]

Video: Bob Barr at Freedom Fest on C-SPAN-2

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Bob Barr took part in a panel discussion recently at Freedom Fest in Las Vegas, and here’s a video of the program. Also appearing on the panel are Steve Forbes, Richard Viguerie and David Boaz. The topic was ‘the future of politics,’ and not surprisingly, there was a considerable amount of time dedicated [...]

Libertarian Knapp issues debate challenges in Missouri’s 2nd District

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Libertarian Party congressional candidate Tom Knapp says voters deserve to hear about the issues in Missouri’s 2nd US House District, so he’s laid down a challenge to his Republican and Democrat opponents to meet six times to debate and discuss the important topics of the campaign.

Knapp describes himself on his website:

“I’m the left-most candidate in [...]

Third-party presidential debate July 24

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Miller Politics will be hosting the first Third Party Presidential Candidates Debate of the general election. The debate will air on July 24 at 7:30 PM (ET) from

The candidates in this debate are Brian Moore of the Socialist Party USA, Frank McEnulty of the New American Independent Party, and Charles Jay of the [...]

IAP candidate faces off

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

The three candidates for Assembly District 40, which includes most of Carson City, met for their first forum of the campaign season Monday, predictably saying they want to balance the budget without new or higher taxes.

But there were significant differences between Incumbent Democrat Bonnie Parnell, Republican Cheryl Lau and Independent American John Wagner.

Wagner, a longtime [...]

Bob Barr and Mike Gravel: Live! In Person! One Night Only!

Friday, May 9th, 2008

The title was lifted to show how a Reason Facebook-promoted event is currently being billed. Here are the details provided:

A debate on the libertarian vote in 2008

Event Host: Reason magazine
Type: Music/Arts - Jam Session
Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Time: 4:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Reason
Street:1747 Connecticut Ave NW
City/Town: Washington, DC

Description: As the Republicans settled on John McCain [...]

Video: LP presidential debate in the Heartland

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Candidates: Senator Mike Gravel, Dr. Mary Ruwart, Ms. Christine Smith, Mr. Mike Jingozian, Mr. Wayne Allyn Root and Dr. George Phillies.

Moderated by Mike Ferguson. Sponsored by Atlas!Liberty and



Courtesy of the Libertarian Party of Missouri.

Gravel signs on for LP presidential debate

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

In an email sent to Missouri Libertarians a short time ago, Heartland Libertarian Conference organizer Mike Ferguson announces:

Former US Senator Mike Gravel (AK), who recently was a Democratic candidate for President until joining the LP this week, has accepted our invitation to participate in the LP Presidential candidates’ debate in Kansas City.

The conference is scheduled [...]

LP tidbits

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

—Despite differences on the Iraq War, Neal Boortz apparently identified himself as a Libertarian when he plugged the Fair Tax and pinged the GOP on fiscal issues in Rogers, Arkansas. From NWA News:

At a fundraising Lincoln Day dinner on Friday night, Benton County Republicans heard radio talk show host Neal Boortz criticize the party. [...]

Electoral College: Should it stay or should it go now?

Friday, February 1st, 2008

There is an interesting debate over at Helium pertaining to the electoral college.

Tom Koecke says no, and here’s the gist of his argument:

The Electoral College is certainly not a perfect system. It is, however, the best system to make sure that America remains a representative republic by giving rural America representation in Presidential elections.

On the [...]

Startin on Third Parties

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

“Small l” libertarian, former Green Party candidate and Idaho gubernatorial hopeful W. Lane Startin wrote an interesting article on the history and future of third parties. It started with a discussion of issues well known to people engaged in third party politics, such as the importance of ballot access reform and inclusion in candidate [...]

E-Mail of the Day

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

I’ll just pass this e-mail on verbatim:

Greetings California DNC representative:

A complaint has been filed with the Attorney General of California. This complaint is actually aimed at the FCC and MSNBC for allowing the Presidential debate process to be managed by private cable companies.

These private cable companies are not under the jurisdiction of the Federal [...]

Ron Paul Pings John McCain in Last Night’s Debate

Friday, January 25th, 2008

During a portion of last night’s Republican presidential debates, each candidate was allowed to ask another candidate one question any question of his choosing. Ron Paul chose to target John McCain on fiscal policy, forcing McCain to obfuscate in his response. I’m not sure if there is now a new campaign strategy to [...]

Alternate Debate Wrap-Up: Most Everyone Pings Giuliani

Friday, January 25th, 2008

The Fresno City College Sociology department hosted a 2008 Presidential Campaign Forum Jan 13. Several minor party candidate participated, as well as representatives from some of the more mainstream campaigns. An interesting article is describing the debate is located here, and I’ll capture the actual debate highlights below:

Missing from the media interview were [...]

Additional Post-Debate Coverage: Libertarians Ping Huckabee

Friday, January 25th, 2008

From the national office of the Libertarian Party:

Mike Huckabee’s populist rhetoric may work in the private sector, but it has no place in politics, says the Libertarian Party. “Huckabee’s continual call for populism in American policy is making it clear that he will not be a President that is committed to limiting government, lowering taxes [...]

Dennis Kucinich, Ron Paul and Televised Debates

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

For an interesting perspective on presidential debates and the mainstream (or corporate, as some prefer) media, the San Francisco Chronicle just ran an interesting article pertaining to who should or shouldn’t be allowed in televised political debates. Here’s a sampling of some of the opinions provided regarding the Kucinich case:

The Nevada ruling drew varying [...]

No Debate for Dennis

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

It looks like Dennis didn’t get to debate after all. From the NY Times:

Representative Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio flew here on Tuesday, hoping to join the leading Democratic presidential candidates at a debate, but his wishes were dashed by the Nevada Supreme Court less than an hour before showtime.

One day after a lower-court [...]

Green Party Debates to be Re-Aired

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

The following is a media advisory from the Green Party:

Green Party Presidential Debate

Tuesday, January 15th, 7:00 - 10:00 pm (PT)

In the Bay Area: KPFA radio - 94.1 FM

Outside the Bay Area: other Pacifica network stations, or Online at

With hosts Larry [...]

Libertarian Radicals and Reformers Debate

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

UPDATE: Several of you asked that I “sticky” this debate or somehow keep it at the top of the page for a while, so I am.

As we move closer to the Libertarian National Convention, the intensity of debate over platform and bylaws issues between various groups and factions within the Libertarian Party is increasing.

Third Party [...]

Will Dennis Debate?

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Congressman Dennis Kucinich may be able to debate his Democratic opponents. Or he may not be able to.

First, NBC told Kucinich his voice and message wasn’t important enough to be head by the voters:

Less than 44 hours after NBC sent a congratulatory note and an invitation to Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich to participate in [...]

Green Party Presidential Debate draws audience of 800

Monday, January 14th, 2008

Ballot Access News

The Green Party presidential candidates debated each other in San Francisco on Sunday afternoon, January 13. The event attracted a paying audience of about 800 people. The presidential candidates were Jared Ball, Jesse Johnson, Cynthia McKinney, Kent Mesplay, and Cat Swift. Ball announced at the end of his closing statement that he would [...]

Greens Protest the Exclusion of Antiwar Candidates from Democratic and Republican Primary Debates

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

The following is a Green Party press release:

WASHINGTON, DC - January 8 - Green Party leaders and candidates protested the exclusion of Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel, and Ron Paul from primary presidential debates sponsored by major news organizations.

Greens noted that Mr. Kucinich, Mr. Gravel, and Mr. Paul hold strong positions against the Iraq war and [...]

Paul, Gravel, Imperato and Their Alternate NH Debate Functions

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

I was googling around trying to find more about the complaint Dennis Kucinich filed with the FCC regarding his exclusion from ABC debates when I ran across this gem:

[Melissa Etheridge] said that “corporate interests that have infiltrated the Democratic Party” have marginalized Mr. Kucinich because his stances on issues like the environment, health care and [...]