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A Presidential Debate With a Difference

By Shar Adams
Epoch Times Staff
Created: October 24, 2012 Last Updated: October 26, 2012
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Presidential candidate Rocky Anderson (2nd L) from the Justice Party makes a point as Jill Stein (L) from the Green Party, Constitution Party presidential candidate Virgil Goode (2nd R) and Gary Johnson (R) from the Libertarian Party look on during a debate hosted by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation and moderated by former CNN talk-show host Larry King on Oct. 23 in Chicago. (Scott Oslon/GettyImages)

Presidential candidate Rocky Anderson (2nd L) from the Justice Party makes a point as Jill Stein (L) from the Green Party, Constitution Party presidential candidate Virgil Goode (2nd R) and Gary Johnson (R) from the Libertarian Party look on during a debate hosted by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation and moderated by former CNN talk-show host Larry King on Oct. 23 in Chicago. (Scott Oslon/GettyImages)

You will not see free college education, the legalization of marijuana, or fixed terms for congress members featured in the two party presidential campaigns, but these were just some of the topics discussed at the alternative presidential debate in Chicago Tuesday night.

Hosted by talk show host Larry King and organized by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation, four presidential candidates debated six topics, including the war on drugs, military spending, college fees, and new U.S. detention laws. The questions were submitted through social media and selected by Larry King’s team.

“I think they deserve a voice,” King told Politico of the third-party candidates. “It’s obvious they’re not going to win, but in the Constitution it never says there’s a Democrat or a Republican Party. It never mentions a two-party system … We’ve always had independent candidates. They deserve a voice, and they haven’t had a voice in this campaign at all.”

Jill Stein, candidate for the Green Party, advocated repealing the Patriot Act, free college education, more action on climate change, and stopping the persecution of government whistleblowers.

“We need a foreign policy to fight for climate change, not to fight oil wars,” she said.

The Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson, a former New Mexico governor, said he would legalize marijuana to stop the drug wars, reduce students loans, which he says are driving up college fees, and encourage immigration—but with work visas, not green cards.

Rocky Anderson, the candidate for the Justice Party, decried the military industrial complex, the influence of big business, and increasing infringements on civil liberties. He would like to see more money go towards free education, dealing with climate change, and reduced prison numbers, in part by legalizing and regulating marijuana.

Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party wants to cut back spending across the board to bring the deficit into balance. He would place a moratorium on green cards until unemployment drops below 5 percent, introduce term limits for Congress members, and put an end to super PACS.

The Free and Equal Elections Foundation is calling for votes on the four candidates, the two with the highest number to participate in a debate in Washington, D.C. Tuesday morning, Oct 30. The venue is to be announced.

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  • Charlotte Scot

    Well-written coverage of the debate! What a historic evening: the first nationally televised third party Presidential debate! Thank you C-Span! AMAZING.Questions were actually ANSWERED. Solutions were proposed. It was thrilling. Rocky Anderson the former two term Mayor of Salt Lake City won my vote. No punches pulled by Rocky. We are so used to hearing the gobbledegook spewed by the corporate controlled Republicans and Democrats, the truth was rather SHOCKING. After the first ten minutes, I fell in love with THE TRUTH! There appears to be an unspoken code of silence in the national press and media. If campaigns buy $500,000,000, worth of advertising they receive daily news coverage. Alas third party candidates are not given news coverage in order to gain votes, volunteers or money. We need to start work on the next election NOW. We cannot give into the Plutocracy taking over our country.


   

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