[Pre-Debate Pressure] [Protest the CPD Debates] [Sue the Bastards]

How YOU can help open up the Presidential Debates!

1) Put on pressure before the debates

Support the debates being planned by the Citizens’ Debate Commission

Persuade the major candidates, the networks and the newspapers to support the CDC instead of the CPD.

DebateDateHost SiteLocation
1st Presidential DebateWed, Sept 22Capital UniversityColumbus, OH
2nd Presidential DebateTues, Sept 28Swarthmore CollegeSwarthmore, PA
3rd Presidential DebateTues, Oct 3Canisius CollegeBuffalo, NY
Vice-Presidential DebateThur, Oct 7Willamette UniversitySalem, OR
4th Presidential DebateMon, Oct 11Carleton CollegeNorthfield, MN
5th Presidential DebateFri, Oct 15Nova Southeastern UniversityFort Lauderdale, FL
  1. Target: The Major Party Candidates
  2. Bush-Cheney ’04, PO Box 10648, Arlington VA 22210.
  3. John Kerry for President, PO Box 34640, Washington DC 20043.
  4. Target: TV Networks
  5. Washington Post, “Voter Anger Doesn’t Equal Voter Apathy” by Dan Balz, October 21, 1992.
  6. FAIR’s Extra! Update, “Three’s a Crowd, Says Debate Commission” , February 2000.
  7. CPD Debate History
  8. FAIR Media Contact List
  9. Yahoo Directory of TV Networks
  10. Target: Local News (Editorials)
  11. Target: Corporate Sponsors
  12. Target: Commission on Presidential Debates

2) Hold massive protests at the CPD debates

As planned by the Commission on Presidential Debates:
(All debates will be aired at 9:00 pm Eastern Time)Debate/Protest WebsiteDateHost SiteLocation1st Presidential Debate
Thur, Sept. 30University of Miami
Coral Gables, FLVice-Presidential Debate
Tues, Oct 5Case Western Reserve UniversityCleveland, OH
2nd Presidential Debate
Protest Website:

Fri, Oct 8Washington UniversitySt. Louis, MO3rd Presidential Debate
Protest Website:
Wed, Oct 13Arizona State UniversityTempe, AZAlternate sites: Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY & University of South Carolina, Columbia SC

How can I get involved in the debates protests? (contacts and email lists)

3) Sue the Bastards

corporate financing of the debates = illegal corporate campaign contributions

Pat Buchanan, Ralph Nader, John Hagelin, Winona LaDuke, the Green Party of the United States, and the Constitution Party were excluded from the 2000 CPD debates. They filed a complaint against the CPD said that the CPD violates the law banning corporate contributions in connection with federal election campaigns. The FEC dismissed their complaint. Now they are suing suing the Federal Election Commission, with the help of the National Voting Rights Institute, among others.

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