SAN DIEGO, October 22, 2012 — If you think the final Presidential debate takes place on Monday night, October 22, you are mistaken.
The final Presidential debate takes place on Tuesday night, October 23, at 9 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Pacific Time. But you won’t find it on any of the major broadcast or cable TV networks, despite the presence of a well-known host and four ballot-qualified Presidential candidates.
Veteran talk show host Larry King, currently hosting “Larry King Now” on Ora TV, hosts the four third party Presidential candidates in a special 2012 Presidential debate, sponsored by the Chicago-based nonprofit Free and Equal Elections Foundation. This debate will take place at the Hilton Chicago and will be streamed live via Ora TV’s website and You Tube channel, and the Foundation website. You can symbolically RSVP and set a reminder at this link.
The top six presidential candidates were invited. Confirmed participants include Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Gary Johnson; Green Party Presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein; Justice Party Presidential candidate Rocky Anderson; and Constitution Party Presidential candidate Virgil Goode.
Democratic Party Presidential candidate Barack Obama and Republican Party Presidential candidate Mitt Romney declined.
The debate is sponsored by the Chicago-based nonprofit Free and Equal Elections Foundation, which has criticized the debates between President Obama and Republican challenger Romney for excluding third-party candidates and coming off as too programmed.
“We are honored to have Larry King moderate this historic debate,” stated Christina Tobin, Founder and Chair of Free & Equal. “The previous debates between President Obama and Governor Romney have failed to address the issues that really concern everyday Americans. From foreign policy, to the economy, to taboo subjects like our diminishing civil liberties and the drug war, Americans deserve a real debate, real solutions, and real electoral options.”
King said, “I have interviewed every U.S. President since Nixon, and lest people forget, I helped usher Ross Perot into the national conversation during the 1992 presidential contest. I appreciate the importance of providing a platform to those with real alternative visions for our country’s future.”
King told Associated Press they all deserve a voice in the presidential race whether or not they have a chance to win. “They have a story to tell. It’s a valid story,” King said. “It’s a two-party system, but not a two-party system by law.”
There is no specific format or designated topics. King will ask the questions, and the candidates will answer. They are expected to discuss a wider range of topics including civil liberties and the drug war as well as foreign policy and the economy.
Organizers say at-home viewers are encouraged to submit real-time questions to King via social media networks Facebook, Twitter, Reddit or Tout. The hashtag is #AskEmThisLarry King will choose questions.
The nonprofit Commission on Presidential Debates sponsors the so-called “mainstream” presidential and vice presidential debates. CPD’s rules required a candidate have at least 15 percent support in national polls to participate. Since the CPD took over running the debates in 1988, the only third party candidate who qualified to participate was Ross Perot in 1992. Libertarian Party nominee Johnson sued CPD on anti-trust grounds to be included this year, but was unsuccessful.
No one expects even a fraction of the millions of people likely to watch Monday’s presidential debate. But making this debate available is a moral victory, a step in the right direction, and sure to be a lot more entertaining and enlightening than the scripted stuff you’re used to seeing.
Date: Tuesday, October 23
Time: 9 -10:30 p.m. Eastern
Coverage: Live streaming online on Ora TV, http://www.ora.tv/ora2012/thirdparty
Place: Hilton Chicago
Topic: Anything goes
Moderator: Larry King, host, “Larry King Now,” Ora TV
Format: 90 minutes long, questions from King to the candidates plus questions submitted by voters via social media using the hashtag #AskEmThisLarry There are no specified topics, no rules on response time or interaction among the candidates.
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