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...You should plug your computer in, open your web browser, and open these sites.


Each one is a link to where discussions of the debate tonight will be happening. 

Two key progressive voices have not been allowed to participate in the debate yet one candidate has been allowed to him and haw and say he will be there and then he won't be there. 

Does he want to debate or not? There are two progressive voices who have gained enough ballot lines to win a free and fair election. Either would gladly have taken your seat.

But, alas the debate is to go on.

The statements on the debate from the two progressive candidates are as follows:

Cynthia McKinney, the Green Party candidate, and the party put out this release on tonight's debate:

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WASHINGTON, DC — Green presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney will be blogging live at the web site of the 2008 Presidential Debates Project (http://www.bloggingthedebates.com), a project of VoterWatch.com, during the debate between Barack Obama and John McCain in Oxford, Mississippi on Friday, September 26.

On Wednesday, Cynthia McKinney said she is ready to step in for John McCain at the debate, after Mr. McCain called for postponement of the event (http://www.gp.org/press/pr-national.php?ID=108).

The Green Party defends the right of voters to be informed about all the candidates on the ballot and to vote for which candidates best reflect their interests. The party has strongly protested the control over the presidential debates by the Democratic and Republican parties and their corporate sponsors, which have an interest in limiting the number of participants to Democratic and Republican candidates — which the League of Women Voters once called “a fraud on the American voter.”

Greens have called for Cynthia McKinney’s inclusion in the 2008 presidential debates, along with other candidates with ballot lines in a majority of states: independent Ralph Nader, Libertarian nominee Bob Barr, and Constitution Party nominee Chuck Baldwin.

“Cynthia McKinney, Rosa Clemente, and the Green Party represent millions of voices whose opinions will be excluded from the debates unless they are invited,” said Cliff Thornton, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States. “Ms. McKinney is the only woman presidential candidate in 2008. Ms. McKinney and Ms. Clemente are the first US presidential ticket in which both nominees are of African ancestry, and Ms. Clemente is Black Puerto Rican. Ms. McKinney has involved herself personally in the struggle of people in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region to fight permanent eviction and return to their homes — Friday’s debate will take place in Mississippi, a Gulf Coast state.”

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“The Green Party and its candidates represent the promise of an anti-war, progressive party that takes no money from corporations — an imperative for America in the 21st century. No other candidate in the 2008 stands for what the McKinney-Clemente ticket stands for,” Mr. Thornton added.

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• The Green Party asserts that voters have a right to know about all the candidates whose names they’ll see on the ballot, not just the candidates approved by the Commission on Presidential Debates or the candidates whose poll numbers declare them ‘winnable.’ Voters deserve to know which candidate best represents their own interests and ideals.

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Kevin Gosztola is managing editor of Shadowproof Press. He also produces and co-hosts the weekly podcast, "Unauthorized Disclosure." He was an editor for OpEdNews.com

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