Originally Posted by SNR
I think they should allow the Libertarian and Green Party nominees into the debates. No, I don't have a premise for that belief like polling numbers or anything. It's just they are the two third parties that share the most beliefs and concerns of the country. There are plenty of far left voters who believe Obama doesn't suitably champion true progressive reforms. Likewise, there are plenty of far right voters who believe that Romney and most other Republican candidates are fiscally irresponsible and stuck decades behind in social reforms.
That's all I got. I don't have a reason for picking those two parties over, say, the Constitution Party or the Socialist Party. They just seem to be the parties most people would identify with in a televised debate. After all, it's the TV producers who make the rules, not the laws of government. It would be very easy to just arbitrarily decide that we now have four parties on stage.
Actually, it is this group that makes the rules. http://debates.org/
I find it fairly ridiculous for people to suggest that candidates polling in the low single digits deserve to move on to the championship round with the big boys. No matter what merits they might have, and no matter what obstacles are in the way, at the end of the day it is a popularity contest and they simply are not in a position to win it. It's not like it is impossible to qualify; others have done it.