OTHERS SAY: Major parties want the debates all to themselves | The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Others say

Many Americans are less than thrilled with the two presidential candidates whom the major political parties have foisted upon them this November. It’s no surprise that a majority of voters favor expanding the presidential debates to include other candidates.

But the Democratic and Republican parties couldn’t care less.

Joe Biden has said he will share the debate stage only with Donald Trump. The former president has been more circumspect, but previously insisted he would debate anytime, anywhere. Yet he, too, eschewed debates–during the Republican primaries–when he calculated they weren’t in his best interest.

The commission has typically used an arbitrary polling standard to keep third-party candidates from appearing. Reform Party candidate Ross Perot in 1992 was the only non-major candidate to make the stage.


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