Libertarian Presidential candidate Gary Johnson will finally be allowed to participate in a Presidential debate, except Mitt Romney and Barack Obama will not be present.
The debate, sponsored by the Free and Equal Elections Foundation, will take place Tuesday and will also include the Justice Party’s Rocky Anderson, the Constitution Party’s Virgil Goode and the Green Party’s Jill Stein.
“The previous debates between President Obama and Governor Romney have failed to address the issues that really concern everyday Americans,” said Christina Tobin, founder and chairwoman of the Free and Equal Elections Foundation. “From foreign policy, to the economy, to taboo subjects like our diminishing civil liberties and the drug war, Americans deserve a real debate, real solutions, and real electoral options.”
Johnson has also been critical of the two-party Presidential debates, describing them as “dueling Phil Donahue acts carping at one another over who is worse.”
“I defy anyone who watched the debate to identify a plan from either the Republican or Democrat that will achieve a balanced budget,” he said. “We need a fundamental reduction in the role and cost of government, and both Romney and Obama are fundamentally big-government guys.”
The third party debate next Tuesday will be broadcasted live by Ora T, a digital programming service, and moderated by famed television newsman Larry King.