Commission of Fake Presidential Debates

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 11 Oct 2004 12:00:00 GMT  <== Politics ==> 
# Rocky Frisco - Commission on Fake Presidential Debates - a parody of the Commision on Presidential Debates' home page. Bravo! I'm not sure where Rocky found the entire text of the 1988 press release from the League of Women Voters, but this Google search confirms it. [smith2004]
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The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) was established in 1987 because the League of Women Voters refused to continue to host fake debates. The CPD was formed to ensure that fake debates, as a permanent part of every general election, would continue to bilk and defraud the American people and provide lies and propaganda to viewers and listeners. Its primary purpose is to sponsor and produce debates for the Republican and Democrat presidential and vice presidential candidates and to ensure that no other political parties are allowed to participate in the so-called debates. The organization, which falsely claims to be a nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation, sponsored all the fake presidential debates in 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000.

Here is the statement of the League of Women Voters in 1988:

October 3, 1988


Washington, D.C. - "The League of Women Voters is withdrawing its sponsorship of the presidential debate scheduled for mid-October because the demands of the two campaign organizations would perpetuate a fraud on the American Voter," League President Nancy M. Neuman said today.

"It has become clear to us that the candidates' organizations aim to add debates to their list of campaign-trail charades devoid of substance, spontaneity and honest answers to tough questions," Neuman said. "The League has no intention of becoming an accessory to the hoodwinking of the American public."

Neuman said that the campaigns presented the League with their debate agreement on September 28, two weeks before the scheduled debate. The campaigns' agreement was negotiated "behind closed doors" and was presented to the League as "a done deal," she said, its 16 pages of conditions not subject to negotiation.

Most objectionable to the League, Neuman said, were conditions in the agreement that gave the campaigns unprecedented control over the proceedings. Neuman called "outrageous" the campaigns' demands that they control the selection of questioners, the composition of the audience, hall access for the press and other issues.

"The campaigns' agreement is a closed-door masterpiece," Neuman said. "Never in the history of the League of Women Voters have two candidates' organizations come to us with such stringent, unyielding and self-serving demands."

Neuman said that she and the League regretted that the American people have had no real opportunities to judge the presidential nominees outside of campaign-controlled environments.

"On the threshold of a new millennium, this country remains the brightest hope for all who cherish free speech and open debate," Neuman said. "Americans deserve to see and hear the men who would be president face each other in a debate on the hard and complex issues critical to our progress into the next century."

Neuman issued a final challenge to both Vice President Bush and Governor Dukakis to "rise above your handlers and agree to join us in presenting the fair and full discussion the American public expects of a League of Women Voters debate."

# John DeVoe at The Libertarian Enterprise - An Open Letter To President Badnarik - hehe. [tle]

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