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Libertarian Gets into Debates!

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posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 12:42 AM
In one of the most watched and reported Senator races in the nation, the Libertarian candidate for Senator will actually get to debate Republican candidate Alan Keyes. Jerry Kohn, the Libertarian candidate and Alan Keyes will be holding a joint press conference in Chicago in hopes that Barack Obama will keep his word and follow through with these debates.

Alan Keyes (republican put up for Senator from IL) has agreed to hold as many as 6 debates with Libertarian candidate for US Senate, Jerry Kohn. They will hold a joint press conference in Chicago tomorrow with the intent of holding "golden boy" Barack Obama to his word and honoring his earlier commitment to these debates. This is major for the Illinois LP...

...This has ramifications for Badnarik too.

This is the first step towards holding open debates, debates that aren't regulated in a bipartisan manor by the Republican and Democratic parties.

I can't wait to hear what everyone here in Illinois has to say about this...

[edit on 17-8-2004 by sillinous]

posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 02:08 PM
And if you believe in Free and Open debates, you should sign this petition put forth by Open Debates.

"Open Debates is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to reforming the presidential debate process. "

posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 03:19 PM
Holy Cow! This is the best news all day! If only Badnarik could be in the Presidential debates....

posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 03:28 PM
I'm all for open debates. This is a good first step. If it happened for the presidential debates, I would be shocked. Just an interesting side note here. Did anyone else notice this? You gave the name of the Libertarian candidate as Jerry Kohn. Switch the J in Jerry with the K in Kohn.

Tom Sawyer

posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 03:50 PM
Badnarik getting into some major tv aired debates would be HUGE! That would really make this election worth while. Just watching the two goons alone is gonna be boring, but with Badnarik in there, well, it may just turn a few heads.

posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 05:27 PM
This is great

Sooner or later the media will HAVE to admit we exist

posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 05:44 PM
Outstanding! This is great news.

posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 10:46 PM
Badnarik could be in the presidential debates!! Look at this:


The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is the "non-profit" organization that was set up by Democrats and Republicans to sponsor debates. This is a 100% BIpartisan organization. Created and funded by the Republicans and the Democrats.

Release: Wednesday, Febrary 18, 1987


The 10-member commission is a bipartisan, non-profit, tax exempt organization formed to implement joint sponsorship of general election presidential and vice presidential debates, starting in 1988, by the national Republican and Democratic committees between their respective nominees.

Now THATS a conspiracy. A conspiracy between the two major parties to keep all others out of debates and unknown.

On Thursday, August 12, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Judge Henry H. Kennedy, Jr., found that the FEC acted "contrary to law" in dismissing a complaint claiming that the CPD is a partisan organization and, therefore, ineligible under federal election law to sponsor presidential debates. (A copy of the decision can be found at ) "This ruling casts a dark cloud over the legitimacy of the CPD to sponsor the upcoming 2004 debates," said Jason Adkins, co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs. "It is time for the CPD to step aside and allow a truly non-partisan organization sponsor the national presidential debates in accordance with federal law."

This is HUGE for 3rd parties. This means that the presidnetial candidates will eventually be forced to debate in an non-partisan sponsored setting, where all parties will have a voice.

The organization that is going to sponsor this will be (and is) the Citizens' Debate Commission. They recently wrote a letter to both Mr. Bush and Mr. Kerry. Which you can find here ( ) that invites them to their "legal" debates at various state universities around the country. If they accept, which they should considering the CPD was just ruled to be illegal, they will be debating Mr. Badnarik as well! If they decline, they will be technically be acting illegally, against the ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. This will also officially show that they are afraid to debate without a script(which is what they did under the CPD), and they are afraid to debate 3rd party members.

[edit on 17-8-2004 by sillinous]

posted on Sep, 7 2004 @ 08:20 PM
About damn time the other parties are being recognized. Hopefully Keyes will make an even bigger ass of himself come october and Kohn will draw more than 5 percent and get Libertarians established (in Illinois at least... gotta start steps somewhere). Be good to see another party established again.

[edit on 7-9-2004 by unknown_artist]

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