Third Party Candidates to Debate ‘Real Priorities’


This was sent to me by Armchair Activist member and Tennessee Senate candidate for peace Chris Lugo (thanks Chris!)… I notice that Cynthia McKinney, Bob Barr, and Ralph Nader aren’t on the list of confirmed attendees. What’s up with that?

The Coalition for October Debate Alternatives (CODA) announced today the Presidential Candidate’s Alternative Debate to take place Oct. 6, in Nashville, TN. The debate is open to all third-party candidates for President of the United States, as well as the major party nominees.  The debate will feature several candidates who have confirmed attendance including Brad Lyttle of the US Pacifist Party, Charles Jay of the Boston Tea Party, Frank McEnulty of the New American Independence Party and Brian Moore of the Socialist Party.  The Constitution Party has also confirmed that presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin or vice-presidential candidate Darrell Castle will attend the event.

The debate is scheduled to take place one day prior to the Obama-McCain debate occurring at Belmont University in Nashville on Oct. 7.  CODA says that the third-party candidates have been excluded from participation in the Belmont debate.   

In a recent press statement, CODA said it organized the alternative debate because it believes voters deserve to hear from all candidates so they can make an informed choice at the ballot box: “While we want to hear what the major-party candidates have to say on issues related to the war, health care, the economy, gas prices, the future direction of the military, civil liberties and the environment, we do not believe that most issues of concern to American voters will be touched by the Democrat-Republican debate.  That is why we are organizing an alternative debate so that voters in Nashville, Tennessee and beyond may be informed of all their choices as they participate in America’s electoral process.”

The general public and the media are invited to attend the alternative debate. The moderator will be Bruce Barry, a professor at the Owen School of Management at Vanderbilt. 

Chris Lugo, of the Coalition for October Debate Alternatives, said that while the Democratic and Republican candidates have been invited to the alternative event, neither has indicated an interest in attending. Says CODA’s statement, “We believe that voters should make a fully informed choice about who they vote for, and we do not believe this is possible if they are only hearing from two candidates.  We have invited Barack Obama and John McCain in the interest of fairness, but we are intending to highlight this alternative debate as the most egalitarian possible event by including all the candidates and promoting this as an event to which everyone is invited.”


Presidential Candidates’ Alternative Debate
Vanderbilt University
4309 Stevenson Center
Nashville, TN 37240

Monday October 6th
Candidate’s Debate 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Light Reception to Follow Debate

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