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The national poll Gallup, which is the poll that the Commission on Presidential Debates uses to judge whether a candidate has reached the 15% goal in the national polls in order to get on the presidential debates, refuses to put Ralph Nader, Bob Barr, Cynthia McKinney, and Chuck Baldwin on their questionnaires stating “internal judgment” for the reason.  Here we have another obstacle to get anything other then the evil and the lesser evil on the debates. I suggest that everyone writes an email to Frank Newport at frank_newport@gallup.com or you can call him at  609-924-9600. Help me open the debates.

I suggest this for a template for your email:

I am writing this email in order to persuade you to include Ralph Nader and other 3rd party candidates in your polls. Your poll is vital to the American democracy because it is your poll that the Commission on Presidential Debates uses to determine whether a candidate has reached the 15% cap in the polls. If you never include the 3rd party candidates then how will the Commission ever know whether they can be on the debates? The second reason is that it is unreal. Nader and Barr are on 45 state ballots and write-ins in 4 other states where the only exception is Oklahoma where write-ins are not allowed. Mckinney and Baldwin are on 32 state ballots which is still enough to theoretically win the presidency.

I’m not aware how much power you have over Gallup polling system and whether or not you can make or influence this decision, but Mr. Newport I’m now going to address you personally. Don’t you think that a two party system is biased and undemocratic? There are over 300 Million people in our country and our voices cannot be summarized by just two parties. Look at history Mr. Newport, it was smaller parties that helped pressed the controversial issues, like woman’s and black’s suffrage, until the major parties were forced to adopt their issues. History shows that 3rd parties are an integral part of our democracy. Even the Republican Party was originally a 3rd party until it gained enough support. As of recently, 1988, 3rd parties have been ever more restricted from taking part in our government, when the control of the debates was taken from the League of Women Voters and given to the Commission on Presidential Debates, owned then by leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties. At first there was 10% cap in the polls in order to get on, I’m sure you remember Perot in 92 on the debates. Then the Commission raised the cap to 15% and when Perot met that limit in 96′, they barred him anyway.

A side note: Perot was a self-made billionaire and was able to put himself on national television, where as the candidates we have today just don’t have that kind of money. The prime networks create the Catch-22 by saying, you’re not going to be elected so why should we give you airtime. But there are many voters who will not vote for a candidate regardless of their political sentiments if they think that candidate isn’t going to win. One clear indication of this is access, the people being aware that they are running. Thus the catch is, a candidate needs a network attention to win but they won’t put them on because they’re not going to win.

Today I’m doing my part to make our democracy better by email you and reasoning with you. Please, help me open these debates. As you read above there are so many obstacles already in the way to stop the 3rd parties. Please, don’t create another one. I’m not asking you to use something objective to judge Nader and the other three instead I’m trying to change your “internal judgment” which, you said, is what you use to decide.


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