Due to the fact that in the presidential debates, only two views were put forth and in many cases those views overlapped into one view, RT.com aired a presidential debate on Tuesday evening with four third party candidates on the issues. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama were invited to participate, but declined to do so.
The Free and Equal Elections Foundation put on the debate, which was moderated by Larry King. Whether you agree with third parties or not, the issues raised in this debate get to the real issues we face as a nation. It’s not necessarily Democrat or Republican. It’s freedom versus tyranny.
The candidates answered six questions on topics including election reform, the war on drugs, the role of the military, the cost of college education and the National Defense Authorization Act.
While the six questions at the Free and Equal debate touched on topics neglected in the official face-offs, the candidates were not asked to delve into the issues that have dominated the conventional discussion, including jobs, health care, and taxes.
Because the debate focused on ideas and principles — rather than the candidates’ records and qualifications — the tone of the debate was genuinely warm, without any of the direct engagement or interruptions that have marked the Obama-Romney and Biden-Ryan debates. In fact, the only person on the defensive at any point was the red-suspendered Mr. King.
After the first question was asked and answered (pretty much everyone thought the “top 2″ primary system like that adopted in California this cycle is a bad idea), one of the candidates pointed out that they had skipped opening statements. Mr. King was quick to deflect responsibility.
The candidates who participated in the debate were Jill Stein of the Green Party, Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party, and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party.
A second debate is scheduled for October 30.