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Trevor Lyman attempts to hold a presidential debate, changes thirdpartyticket.com

In Libertarian, Politics on September 28, 2008 at 8:37 pm

posted at IPR by Ross Levin

Trevor Lyman, the man who organized the Ron Paul moneybombs, is trying to organize a debate for all of the presidential candidates who will appear on enough ballots to win. Ralph Nader, Chuck Baldwin, Bob Barr, Cynthia McKinney, Barack Obama, and John McCain will all be invited.

However, it is not guaranteed that the debate will take place. Lyman is asking for 10,000 donation pledges to his website, thirdpartyticket.com, before he commits to holding the debate. He wants that number of pledges by October 8th. If the goal is met, the debate will be in New York City.

Formerly, the website was taking pledges for a third party moneybomb, and the candidate who would receive the funds would be decided at a later date. But it has since changed to taking pledges for money to run the proposed debate.

So far, there are over 1,500 pledges, and the sponsors are Break the Matrix, Open Debates, and Free and Equal Elections.

Once again, you can pledge to donate toward the debate at thirdpartyticket.com, and 10,000 pledges are needed by October 8th for what could be the most serious challenge to the Commission for Presidential Debates monopoly on presidential debates to take place.

  1. Ron Paul continues to inspire me. I think that if back in the Spring of ’08 leading up to the Denver Convention, if Bob Barr had publicly encouraged his supporters to quit focusing on attacking Mary Ruwart, but instead focus on a positive message, he wouldn’t be stuck sucking at 2% of his $50 million fundraising goal announced in Denver, plus an army of anti-Barr Libertarians criticizing his every move.

    Free advice for 2012 contenders: run a positive campaign, and even though you can’t control all of your supporters, make public statements requesting a positive campaign. Orchestrating secretive “wasn’t me! you can’t prove it” negative attacks very well might result in securing the nomination, but then you’ll be stuck with the negative consequences for leading up to the general election.

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