Have you noticed that none of the third party candidates have been invited to the presidential debates? I can understand why Obama would not want Ralph Nader in the debate. Nader voters would likely vote for Obama if Nader were not in the race. I can understand why McCain would not want Bob Barr in the race. Barr voters would likely vote for McCain if Barr were not in the race. But if you let both Nader and Barr in one (and I'm only asking for one) of the debates, wouldn't that balance out the lost votes from either major party candidate?
If we had a debate with the third party candidates, it would increase voter interest in the election and voter turnout would be higher. Anything wrong with that?
Both Obama and McCain are presenting themselves as a different type of candidate than the "politics as usual" candidate. They claim to rise above partisanship. So, Senators Obama and McCain, if you really want to set yourselves apart, as someone outside the "usual" politics, why don't you take the high road and invite third-parties to one of the debates? As David Brooks put it in a recent editorial: in this election, "weirdness wins."
If you agree with me and have a Facebook account, you can join the Let Third Parties Debate! group.