DENVER, COLORADO: On September 26, 2016, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) will host the first of its series of debates which will be missing a critical voice: Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson. While professing to be non-partisan, it is in fact a tightly controlled BI-partisan private organization that wields an obscene amount of power to exclude alternate voices. Recent polls have indicated averages of over 60% of respondents favoring the inclusion of Gary Johnson. The current criterion is that a candidate must receive an average of 15% or more in polls selected by the CPD. However it is a classic chicken and egg scenario. A candidate cannot poll high unless they are mentioned and covered, and they will not be covered or mentioned until they poll high. Despite these obstacles, Governor Johnson has polled higher than the old party candidates amongst Independent voters, and in one of the approved CPD polls, 18-34 year olds—the demographic more likely to support Governor Johnson—was excluded entirely. It is the Libertarian Party’s position that any candidate that has theoretical ability to win enough electoral college votes to win the election should be included. Governor Gary Johnson will be on the ballot in all fifty states and thus should qualify. The Libertarian Party of Colorado will be staging at protest at the Colorado State Capitol on the night of the debate in order to give support to Governor Johnson and speak for those who have been denied a voice.
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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Caryn Ann Harlos at 561.523.2250 or email at CommunicationsDirector@LPColorado.org.