Friday, October 17, 2008

Debate for six pres wanna-be's

In case some of you want more debating... my inside political contacts have shared this bit of info with me. I know some of you are yet to be completely sick of this stuff, so here ya go.

Personally, I'd be happy to have all the candidates of all kinds stop ALL their ads and give the money (ridiculous millions!!!) to all these people who are apparently in need of the "wealth spreading" that seems to be so darn popular. Just a thought... talk amongst yourselves.

The Free and Equal Elections Coalition (FREE) and the Columbia Political Union are pleased to announce that a Presidential debate will be held this coming Sunday, October 19th, 2008, on the campus of Columbia University. ALL SIX of the Presidential candidates who appear on enough state ballots to acquire the 270 Electoral Votes needed to become President are invited.

They are as follows (listed in alphabetical order by affiliation):
Constitution Party Candidate: Chuck Baldwin
Democratic Party Candidate: Barack Obama
Green Party Candidate: Cynthia McKinney
Independent Candidate: Ralph Nader
Libertarian Party Candidate: Bob Barr
Republican Party Candidate: John McCain

The Columbia Political Union will present the debate from 8:00pm to 10:00pm EST in the Altschul Auditorium, located at 417 International Affairs Building. The debate will be moderated by Pacifica Radio's Amy Goodman, the host of "Democracy Now!".

CSPAN will cover the debate, and live radio broadcasts are expected. "The Columbia Political Union is committed to energizing political discourse on Columbia's campus," said Allon Brann, Columbia Political Union Publisher. "As a non-partisan organization, we work to provide students with opportunities to encounter and engage with political ideas across a wide ideological spectrum, and on a wide range of issues."

"It is with these goals in mind that we have organized this Presidential Debate: to give all candidates-- either within or outside of the political "mainstream"-- the opportunity to speak directly to students about their goals on the issues they deem critical for this country." "We have invited all eligible candidates, and it is our sincere hope that all will participate, to ensure the substance and rigor of the dialogue which we believe is crucial at this time."

Certified letters officially inviting each candidate have been sent to the respective campaigns. The Free and Equal Elections Coalition and the Columbia Political Union await the response from the candidates. All candidates' supporters are encouraged to contact the Presidential campaigns and urge them to attend.

The Columbia Political Union seeks to enhance involvement in the political process, domestic and international, and draw every member of the campus community into an ongoing discussion of political ideas. FREE is a coalition of political parties, independent citizens and civic organizations formed to promote free and equal elections in the United States.


  1. Do you have any idea who of the 6have actually confirmed? Since Obama and McCain's last joint appearance before the election was 2 nights ago, I suspect neither will show. Perhaps it will be a debate of the remaining 4 candidates?

  2. Thanks for posting about the debate. We didn't get home from Bible study until it was over. Did anyone get it taped?


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