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A Third Party Debate with McCain and Obama?

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Now, Lyman is at it again.

Lyman wants to hold a third party debate in New York City.

Lyman was inspired by Ron Paul's press conference a couple of weeks ago.

At that press conference, Paul called on his followers to ditch the two major parties and throw their support to one of the independent or third party candidates.

So, we all need to support Lyman's push for an alternative debate now.

If Lyman gets 10,000 pledges by October 8, he and the other sponsors will organize a debate in New York City.

All major candidates -- Nader, Barr, McKinney, Baldwin, Obama and McCain will be invited.

Already, with no publicity, Lyman has close to 1,000 pledgers.

The Ron Paul money bombs were imaginative and creative. It was unconventional and energizing to the Ron Paul campaign to know that there was this power at the fingertips of the campaign to run a real campaign for liberty. That power the people wielded can be wielded again and exercised by we the people.

This plan here has been hatched with the same imagination and creativity necessary for our future.

We cannot look at this election with a lens that leaves out four of the six candidates that are on enough ballots across the U.S. to win in an open, free, and fair election.

If more must be said to convince you to support the right of more candidates to be allowed into the debates, both McCain and Obama met with Bush and others to discuss how to handle the bailout. Neither opposed it but wanted to find out how to fashion a piece of policy to deal with moving forward in America after the bailout.

The policy would be short term. Long term could be determined when either took office in January. Or not.

The debate on Friday, September 26th made it painfully obvious that even if you do not want to vote third party in November the third party options should be on stage to make the discussion of the issues substantive. McCain and Obama on their own will not have meaningful discussion or debate of anything so long as they stand alone on stage.

What can you do? Well, let me rephrase the question---What can more money to Obama do? What can more money to either of the third party campaigns do? What can money to MoveOn or some other citizen or political action group do? What can money towards progressive publications do?

What can all these do? Nothing meaningful and that is why any money you think you should throw towards this election should be aimed at increasing the talk on the issues and shifting it to a substantive discussion.

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