Last night was the final of three presidential debates between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. Each is the candidate for the Democrat and Republican parties, respectively. The entire presidential campaign so far has focused solely on these two men and their respective running mates.
When you go to vote, you will see many different candidates than just Obama and Romney running for president. They are third party candidates, and there are actually a significant number of them that have made it on the ballot in many states. These third party candidates may significantly affect the race in several key battleground states.
While these candidates are on the ballot in many states, they were not invited to participate in any of the presidential debates with Obama and Romney. The Commission on Presidential Debates sets the requirements for participation, and thus will have the final say on who is allowed to participate. So why do third party candidates never appear in the presidential debates with Democrats and Republicans? Continue reading