To Mitt Romney, President Barack Obama, Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus:
Drop your opposition to the lawsuit to make the Commission on Presidential Debates open the debates to all ballot-qualified candidates. The presidential debates are for the American people; it's unacceptable for two parties to control the debates and lock out other voices.
We recently learned that lawyers for Mitt Romney are trying to get our lawsuit against the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) thrown out.
Our lawsuit, supported by both Greens and Libertarians, makes the case that the CPD violates antitrust law by excluding independent candidates, essentially giving the establishment parties a monopoly on the presidential debates.
President Obama is also fighting our case for open debates, along with the Democratic and Republican National Committees, which control the Commission on Presidential Debates.
Unlike Romney, Obama, the DNC and the RNC, we believe that debates are for the people, not the parties, and that open debates are essential if we are ever to have real democracy in our country.
When the Democratic and Republican National Committees formed the CPD in 1989 to take over the presidential debates from the League of Women Voters, the League withdrew its sponsorship, stating that the CPD’s version of debates would be “campaign-trail charades” that would “perpetrate a fraud on the American voter”. They were right.
It’s no surprise that the corporate parties want to own the debates, given that over 70 million Americans watched the first televised debate in 2012. There’s nothing like the debates to directly reach a national audience with a vision for an America, and a world, that works for all of us.
Considering that 50% of Americans don’t identify as either Democrat or Republican, and 58% say that we need a new major party, it’s even more outrageous that the establishment parties continue using the CPD to completely shut out other voices.
Opening the debates is maybe the single greatest step we can make to take back the political power that the two corporate parties have stolen from the voters.
Help Jill to build the demand for open debates by signing and sharing our petition right now!