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Open the Debates. There Should Be No Debate on This.

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"STOP short changing the American public by denying access to the airwaves of alternative presidential candidates. We have heard enough from the two you have too prominently featured until now." -- Jay Levy from MD.

"A 4-way debate is the only way we'll hear all the important issues debated. I won't vote for Trump and not a big Hillary fan so need to hear what Gary Johnson and Jill Stein have to say. Excluding them from the debates is irresponsible." -- James Corbett from MI.

"A country as advanced and diverse as the United States of America deserves to have more than two political parties to represent it. United States currently only ranks 11th in both the Best Governance list and the Best Countries to Live In list. How embarrassing! Come on, let's show some innovation!" -- Mara Carberry from IA.

"A majority of voters disapprove the candidates offered by both monopoly parties. If the two parties are allowed, as usual, to monopolize the coming debates, the majority of voters will have no one to speak for them. All legitimate Presidential candidates need to participate." -- George DeVos from CA.

"A truly open debate between all 4 candidates, would not only bring in higher ratings, but would go a long way toward demonstrating more ethical reporting and a fair presentation of information necessary to voters." -- Annemarie Martine from FL.

"Everyone deserves to be heard. Only the establishment Democrats and Republicans are happy with the duopoly system. America want real choices. Please do the right thing, as good journalists are wont to do, and ensure that 3rd party candidates are part of the debates." -- Nichole Overstake from AZ.

"Let's at least try to have some semblance of a democratic process. And please, - REAL journalists, not corporate minions. With this corrupt electoral process, and collusive media machine, this seems much to ask. However, a fuller debate process with real coverage and real questions is basic to and should be demanded by the public of a 'democratic' society." -- Dana Gae Hanchard from NY.

"The commission on Presidential Debates is illegitimate. The two major candidates are abysmal. They speak of nothing of importance. You owe it to the people to broaden the debate; otherwise you are complicit in this sour rigged affair. Add Stein and Johnson or your debate is garbage." -- Stan Quast from WA.

"Media companies have somehow been entrusted with a major responsibility to serve democracy. Presidential debates limited to (very unpopular) candidates from only two political parties do not satisfy the requirements of democracy; certainly not when countervailing voices are present." -- Dave Wheelock from NM.

"A bipolar democracy is no good." -- Joshua Morris from TX

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