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Sunday, September 9, 2012

“Fraud on American voter” ─ LWV characterized DemRepub debate scripting

Who hijacked U.S. presidential debates and why
Excerpt, editing by
Carolyn Bennett

Exclusive and excluding, discriminatory, censoring Republican-Democratic-party Commission on Presidential Debates and its stranglehold on presidential “debates” is harmful to democracy and antidemocratic, dishonest, misinforming, propagandistic, narrow-minded and productive of narrow-mindedness. The CPD’s restrictive formats allow participants to recite memorized sound bites and avoid true debate.

True debates, rather than parallel interviews of the Commission on Presidential Debates model, would offer depth, variety, and unpredictability to counter the scripted nature of the candidates’ political consultants” ─ consumer advocate, former independent candidate for U.S. presidency Ralph Nader

The nearly 30-year- old Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) poses as a “nonpartisan” institution but runs debates in the exclusive interests of the national Republican and Democratic parties ─ not in the interests of the American people, says a challenging organization, Open Debates.

Open Debates, according to its website, informs the public, the news media and policy makers about the antidemocratic conduct of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). “Open Debates does not advocate the general inclusion of any candidate [but] advocates that the debates reflect the wishes of the American people.”

Debate Hijacked

For almost ten years (1976-1984), the League of Women Voters served as an excellent and genuinely nonpartisan presidential debate sponsor.

The League courageously included popular independent candidates and prohibited the major party campaigns (and campaigners) from manipulating debate formats.

Because the nonpartisan League served well the public interest, the two-party partisans created their exclusive and restrictive Commission on Presidential Debates.

“The Republican and Democratic parties did not want a debate sponsor that would include popular third party candidates and employ challenging formats,” Open Debates, says. “Rather, the major parties wanted the presidential debates under their control, so that they could exclude any third-party candidate or debate moderator.”

Conspirators in fraud on American voter

1985:  Democratic National Committee chairman Paul Kirk and Republican National Committee chairman Frank Fahrenkopf exclusive “Party Builders,” authors of one-page Memorandum of Agreement on Presidential Candidate Joint Appearances, said:

It is our bipartisan [Democratic and Republican] view that a primary responsibility of each major political party [Democratic and Republican] is to educate and inform the American electorate of [the Democrats and Republicans’] fundamental philosophy and policies as well as [their] candidates’ positions on critical issues.

One of the most effective means of fulfilling that responsibility is through nationally televised joint  [Democratic and Republican] appearances conducted between the presidential and vice-presidential nominees of the two major  [Democratic and Republican] political parties during general election campaigns.

Therefore, to better fulfill our parties’ [exclusively Democratic and Republican] responsibilities for educating and informing the American public and to strengthen the role of political parties [exclusively Democratic and Republican] in the electoral process, it is our conclusion that future joint appearances should be principally and jointly sponsored and conducted by the Republican and Democratic National Committees. 

1986: the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee ratify agreement ‘for the [exclusively Democratic and Republican] parties to take over presidential debates.’

1987: Republican Fahrenkopf and Democrat Kirk create the Commission on Presidential Debates designated an exclusively Democratic and Republican taxpayer supported ─

Bipartisan, non-profit, tax-exempt organization formed to implement joint [exclusively Democratic and Republican] sponsorship of general election presidential and vice-presidential debates, starting in 1988, by the national Republican and Democratic committees between their [exclusively Democratic and Republican] respective nominees.

League of Women Voters
1988: The League of Women Voters and CPD compete for sponsorship of the presidential debates but the League refuses to participate in a “fraud on the American voter.”

The George H. W. Bush and Michael Dukakis campaigns hand the League a predetermined “secretly negotiated Memorandum of Understanding, a contract [dictating],” Open Debates reports, “every detail of the debates, from the selection of panelists to the color of lights on the podiums.… even mandating that the League withdraw invitations from civic group leaders and replace them with a handpicked partisan audience.”

October 2, 1988: the League of Women Voters’ trustees issue a unanimous decision to pull out of sponsorship of the debates and in an October 3 press release give their reasons ─

[t]he demands of the two campaign organizations [exclusively Democratic and Republican] would perpetrate a fraud on the American voter.

It has become clear to us that the candidates’ [exclusively Democratic and Republican] organizations aim to add debates to their list of campaign-trail charades devoid of substance, spontaneity and answers to tough questions.

Jill Stein
Green Party
The League has no intention of becoming an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American public.
Debates 1988: The Commission on Presidential Debates becomes the lone presidential debate sponsor and conducts these debates on the same terms the League deemed fraudulent.

Without any kind of challenge in format or ideas or candidates, this Commission [exclusively Democratic and Republican] from 1988 forward has maintained a stranglehold on U.S. presidential debates.

Open Debates org challenges fraudsters

Rocky Anderson
Justice Party USA
In view of clear evidence that “presidential debates are controlled by the Republican and Democratic parties through a private corporation called the Commission on Presidential Debates” and exclude “challenging formats and popular independent candidates” and hold “fewer debates,” the organization Open Debates, “a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization,” has been established, according to the group’s website, “to reform the presidential debates” so that these debates “better serve the interests of the American people.
“Open Debates is engaged in a campaign to inform the public, the news media and policy makers about the antidemocratic conduct of the Commission on Presidential Debates.” 

Open Debates also promotes “the creation of an alternative presidential debate sponsor comprised of national civic leaders who are committed to maximizing voter education.”

Independent Ralph Nader
“True debates, rather than parallel interviews of the Commission on Presidential Debates model, would offer depth, variety, and unpredictability to counter the scripted nature of the candidates’ political consultants” ─ consumer advocate, former candidate for U.S. presidency, Ralph Nader

Sources and notes

Open Debates: Phone: 202-688-1340; email: info@opendebates.org

Founder and executive director of Open Debates is George Farah, an attorney at the law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers and Toll; and author of No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates.

Related: The Citizens’ Debate Commission Objectives (excerpt):

“Previous attempts to open the CPD events to deserving candidates and excluded issues repeatedly have failed.

“Therefore, we reject attempts to persuade the CPD to serve democracy and instead have helped initiate the Citizens’ Debate Commission (CDC) in order to create substantive, fair and non-partisan debates.…”

Presidential Debate Criteria

The Citizens’ Debate Commission employs the criteria proposed by the Appleseed Citizens’ Task Force on Fair Debates

Debate shall be open to all contenders who:

1. Meet constitutional requirements to hold the office;
2. Have qualified on enough state ballots to potentially win 270 electoral votes outright;
3. Possess a substantial level of popular support. To gauge support, the CDC will independently commission polls of the general public or work with established polling organizations that are willing to construct unbiased polls (and ones not limited to habitual voters) 7-14 days prior to the first debate. Candidates must meet one of the following two measures of support:

A. The declared support of percent or more of respondents; or
B. 50 percent or more of respondents say they want to hear the candidate debate.

Candidates meeting either one of these criteria in the first poll will be invited to participate in the first and second debates, after which a new poll will be executed. Those who meet the same criteria in the second poll will be invited to participate in the third and fourth debates.

Vice-Presidential Debate

The vice-presidential candidates on tickets meeting the criteria to participate in the third and fourth presidential debates will be invited to one debate among the candidates for vice-president. This debate will occur after the second debate, but before the third.

CDC Aims and Strategy

CDC will offer the opportunity for debates presenting a wider range of views than has occurred in any prior televised debates in general presidential elections. An expanded range of discussion will be facilitated regardless of whether or not more than two candidates qualify for any debates. Empowering and encouraging moderators to ask challenging follow-up questions, and allowing opportunities for genuine citizen participation are examples of how this will be accomplished.

The CDC will:

  • present the most widely viewed, covered and respected presidential debates;
  • have all CDC debates televised by the major broadcast networks and independent media;
  • attract all candidates for the presidency who meet participation criteria;
  • further democracy through debates that will include a wider range of participants and ideas and structured to challenge and engage candidates and the audience to a degree not reached by CPD events.

CDC Structure and Governance

The CDC is a new non-profit organization separate from ReclaimDemocracy.org and includes organizational representatives from across the ideological spectrum. Decisions will be made by a board of directors representing a variety of non-partisan organizations with broad constituencies.

The CDC is not a forum for furthering specific political parties or agendas, but to promote and present a debate series with democracy at its core and facilitate the discussion of a broad range of issues that have been ignored in CPD debates.

Because the public deserves televised presidential debates that operate unmistakably in the public interest, the CDC only will accept organizational funding from entities that are non-partisan and non-profit.

Inaugural CDC Board of Directors:

John B. Anderson, former U.S. Congressman and Chair of the Center for Voting and Democracy
Angela ‘Bay’ Buchanan, president of The American Cause
Veronica de la Garza, executive director of the Youth Vote Coalition
Norman Dean, director of Friends of the Earth
George Farah, director of Open Debates and author of ‘No Debate’
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch
Tom Gerety, director, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law
Jehmu Greene, director of Rock the Vote
Alan Keyes, U.S. Ambassador
Jeff Milchen, director of ReclaimDemocracy.org
Larry Noble, former general counsel of the Federal Election Commission
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council
Chellie Pingree, president and CEO of Common Cause
Randall Robinson, founder of TransAfrica Forum
Dan Stein, director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform
Mark Weisbrot, co-director of Center for Economic and Policy Research
Paul Weyrich, chair and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation

The Citizens Debate Commission official website: CitizensDebate.org


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