Libertarian Party candidates launch legal challenge to two-party presidential debates
- Year: 2012
- Length: 7:09 minutes (6.55 MB)
- Format: MP3 Mono 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)
As attention on access to the ballot continues, presidential candidates are preparing for tomorrow’s first national debate in Denver, Colorado. But the stage is once again set for only two of the presidential candidates to participate. That’s Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney. None of the third-party candidates are being allowed to participate. According to the Commission on Presidential Debates, the organization that runs the event, a candidate must demonstrate support from at least 15 percent of the national electorate and be on the ballot in enough states to theoretically win the Electoral College. The Libertarian Party is challenging that criteria. They say the exclusion of Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson from the debate is a violation of federal anti-trust laws. They filed a lawsuit in in September with the US District Court for the Central District in California.
For more, we’re joined by Jim Gray, he is the vice presidential nominee for the Libertarian Party and a retired California Supreme Court Judge. He is also arguing the motion in court.