Presidential Debates are main-stream slanted, eliminate key candidates

You can always watch various recorded debates on YouTube, but where can you find out about upcoming one's so you can watch them live? Head on over to There you will find the "The Commission on Presidential Debates."Established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners. Its primary purpose is to sponsor and produce debates for the United States presidential and vice presidential candidates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates. The organization, which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation, sponsored all the presidential debates in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004.

As you will see, the debates have had some criticism for being bi-partisan, as they are headed by the former chairs of the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee. So keep in mind, their debates will likely have only those candidates that meet their criteria. Which, in fact, could eliminate potentially other interesting candidates. In general, the criteria is as follows:

To participate in the debates, candidates had to:
(a) be constitutionally eligible; (b) have ballot access in enough states to win a majority of electoral votes (at least 270); and (c) have a level of national support of at least 15 % as measured in polls done by five selected national polling organizations.

In my opinion, as many others would agree - this criteria eliminates all but a few candidates. Furthermore, it helps in the dumbing down of America, and spotlights only those candidates the national media want us to see. So the average American would have no idea that another, better candidate, would be eliminated from the debate before the fact, based upon unattainable criteria. I am not saying these debates are completely useless, however, I am saying they are misleading.

In summary, make sure what you are watching is truly "fair and balanced" for all candidates, and if it is not I advocate abandoning it for something more useful. Tell your friends and family and get the word out.