WASHINGTON, D.C., October 27, 2012 — A debate featuring the four major third party candidates for President was organized by the advocacy group Free and Equal on October 23rd. The debate was moderated by talk show legend and former CNN host, Larry King.
After the debate, Free and Equal asked viewers to cast their votes for the two candidates who they felt deserved to progress to the November 5 (EDITOR’S NOTE: there has been a date change due to Hurricane Sandy) third party presidential debate. In a press release, Free and Equal announced that the two candidates that had progressed to the upcoming debate were Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, with the moderator for the debate to be announced this Monday.
Taking into account a mainstream media that refused to cover the third party debate last week, the moderator must be an individual that will attract considerable attention to inform Americans of the possibility of more candidates to select from in the upcoming election than just the two parties. The position of moderator should be given to Texas Congressman and former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul for Tuesday’s debate, for several reasons.
Congressman Paul is not running for another Congressional term. He has made it abundantly clear that after serving for 12 Congressional terms, he is ready to voluntarily leave the House of Representatives. Paul would not have to worry about offending the Republican Party and risking the Republican machine trying to derail any future Congressional bids he might make if he decided to accept the role of moderator. Also, considering that Paul has not officially endorsed his Republican opponent Governor Romney, he has no prior commitment to stump for the GOP nominee. There are no impending obstacles that Paul would have to consider if he were to accept this position for Tuesday’s debate.
In numerous interviews, Paul has refused to state who he is voting for in this Presidential election. Many suspect that Paul will not vote for Romney, considering he has not officially endorsed his candidacy. Paul could use the pulpit of the moderator to encourage his numerous supporters to support a third party candidate as he did in 2008. If Paul decides to take this route, he could potentially have a significant effect on the rapidly approaching election, and remind the media that he is still a key player in deciding the outcome.
In 2008, Congressman Paul held a press conference where he was able to gather the media, the four major third party candidates at the time, and encouraged Americans to reject the two party duopoly and vote for an alternative in the election cycle. In 2012, if Paul were to appear at Tuesday’s third party presidential debate as a moderator, the media would be forced to cover his presence due to his national following. There is no doubt that Paul would ask questions of substance while also helping to inject real discussion into the debate. Similar to 2008, Paul would help shine a light on the alternative candidates running in this year’s election cycle. By accepting the position of moderator, Congressman Paul could potentially bring about an “October Surprise” and change the course of the presidential election.
For those who were unable to view last week’s third party presidential debate hosted byFree and Equal and moderated by Larry King, the debate can be viewed in its entirety below:
UPDATE: Communities at Washington Times is excited to cover the third party debate on its new date, Monday, November 5 due to Hurricane Sandy. Please join us and let your voice be heard!
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