Open The Presidential Debates

As President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney square off in the first presidential debate in Denver on October 3, Democracy Now! will broadcast live from Denver with a special expanded presidential debate from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. ET.  Jill Stein and Rocky Anderson will join host Amy Goodman for equal time responses from these two presidential contenders who were shut out of the official debate.

Occupy the Debates! Denver poster

Occupy the Debates! Join Occupy Denver, Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala as we march on the Commission on Presidential Debates.

Recently, a third of what were originally ten sponsors pulling out of the CPD presidential debates which have invited only Obama and Romney. If the CPD removed the non-objective polling criterion for debate inclusion, leaving in place the criterion of being on enough state ballots to have a mathematical possibility of winning the election, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein would be the only additional candidates to be included.

People can contact the remaining sponsors and get involved online via the resources below.  Many thanks to Paulie Cannoli of Independent Political Report for the links.

We Demand Real Debates: Occupy the CPD

Philips pulls presidential debate sponsorship

Third Sponsor Pulls Out of Commission on Presidential Debates

Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson Files Anti Trust Claim Against the CPD

Why the CPD Decision to Keep Gary Johnson Out of the Debates is Illegal

Contacts for corporate debate sponsors, CPD staff and online petitions follow:

Contact the Sponsors of the Presidential Debates

Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
One Busch Place
St. Louis, MO 63118
E-mail Contact Form:

International Bottled Water Association
1700 Diagonal Road
Suite 650
Alexandria, VA 22314
703-683-4074 Fax
800-WATER-11 (Information Hotline)


Crowell & Moring LLP
At Crowell – Moring LLC, the Chairman is Kent A. Gardiner and his email is

The Howard G. Buffet Foundation
158 W Prairie Ave, Suite 107
Decatur, IL 62523-1442
121 S 51st St
Omaha, NE 68132

Sheldon S. Cohen, Esq.
Farr, Miller & Washington
1020 19th Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036
202-530-5508 Fax

The Kovler Fund
aka Marjorie Kovler Research Fellowship
c/o John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125
617-514-1625 Fax

Contact the CPD (Commission on Presidential Debates)


Janet Brown, Executive Director
phone – 202-872-1020
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CPD Board
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CPD Staff
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Join the Debates (CPD outreach to teens)

Contact the Polls

Rasmussen: 732-776-9777

The Gallup Organization – 609-924-9600, 202-715-3100

The Pew Research Center – 202-419-4300,

Quinnipiac: 203-582-5201

CNN: 404.827.1500

Mason-Dixon: 202-548-2680

Marquette: 414-288-7445 or 608-263-2022

Survey USA: 800-786-8000

Zogby International – (315) 624-0200

Contact the News Media

ABC News – (212) 456-7777

AP-Ipsos – (202) 463-7300

CBS News – (212) 975-5554

FOX News – (212) 301-3057

Los Angeles Times – (213)

NBC News – (202) 885-4548

NPR – (202) 513-2300

The New York Times – (212) 556-1234

The Wall Street Journal – (202) 862-9237

The Washington Post – (202) 334-7582

Time – (866) 550-6934

National Media Contact List

Look Up Local Media Contacts

Contact Senators and Representatives and other Officials

Sign Online Petitions To Open The Debates

Petition to Include Libertarian Two-Term Governor Gary Johnson in Presidential Debates with Mitt Romney and Barack Obama

American voters: Allow Gary Johnson (and Jill Stein) to be part of the Presidential debates

Open up the 2012 Presidential Debates!

Commission on Presidential Debates: Allow Gary Johnson and Jim Gray to participate in the Presidential debates.

Commission on Presidential Debates: Admit presidential candidates that qualify in 45 states to the debates

We want to see all Presidential Candidates on the 2012 Debate Stage this Fall who qualify on enough ballots to win the Presidential Election!

Open the 2012 Presidential Debates to Third-Party Candidates

Open the Debates

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: request the Commission on Presidential Debates invite viable third party candidates to the presidential debates.

Presidential Debate Information

HELP the Commission on Presidential Debates

Help the CPD survey results

Open Debates

CPD Wikipedia

Commission on Presidential Debates

Grassroots Online Groups

Help the Commission on Presidential Debates do its job


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