For Immediate Release: September 26, 2016
For more information: Howie Hawkins, 315-425-1019, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary House, 315-243-7748, email@example.com
"A peaceful protest of the exclusion of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein from Monday night's presidential debate will take place at 5:00 p.m., Monday, September 26 outside Hillary Clinton's local campaign headquarters at 716 E. Washington St. in Syracuse.
76 percent of voters want Green Party candidate Jill Stein and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson in the presidential debates, according to an August 24-29 USA Today/Suffolk University poll of 1000 likely voters.
Monday night's debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump is hosted by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), which is a private corporation controlled by Democratic and Republican leaders.
The protesters say the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is designed to exclude legitimate third party candidates.
Among the protest speakers will be Howie Hawkins, the Green candidate who ran against Hillary Clinton for U.S. Senate in 2006 and was excluded from the only debate in that election hosted by WABC and The Daily News. The League of Women Voters withdrew their sponsorship of that debate over the exclusion of Hawkins.
The League of Women Voters, which had hosted the presidential debates in 1976, 1980, and 1988, withdrew its sponsorship of presidential debates in 1988. The George H.W. Bush and Michael Dukakis campaigns had negotiated a "memorandum of understanding" in 1988 to set the terms of presidential debates, including which candidates could participate and who could moderate and ask questions.
A League of Women Voters statement at the time said "the demands of the two campaign organizations would perpetrate a fraud on the American voter." All major party presidential debates since 1988 have been hosted by the CPD.
The protesters say that any candidate qualified on enough ballots to win enough electoral votes to win the presidency should be included in debates. Four candidates meet this criteria in 2016: Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, Libertarian Gary Johnson, and Green Jill Stein.
Well over 90 percent of voters will have the opportunity to vote for Stein, who will be on 45 state ballots (including Washington, D.C.) and is a qualified write-in candidate in three additional states."
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