Why Can’t a Libertarian Party Candidate get into the Presidential Debates? The exclusion of Libertarian Party candidates from presidential debates stems from the control exerted by the Bipartisan Committee on Presidential Debates (CPD), which is explicitly designed to favor the two major political parties. Established after the 1980 election, when third-party candidates garnered significant votes, the CPD has engaged in practices that undermine the inclusion of third-party voices, such as selling sponsorships to major corporations and maintaining opaque operations. Despite its tax-exempt status, the CPD doesn’t fulfill the requisite non-profit functions and has been known to share debate questions with candidates in advance. The committee’s board comprises individuals with ties to the government, corporations, and the two major parties, further entrenching the exclusionary practice. Public pressure on corporate sponsors has proven to be a potential avenue to challenge this exclusion and promote fairer election debates.
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