Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein and vice-presidential candidate Cheri Honkala were arrested Tuesday as they attempted to enter the grounds of the presidential debate site at Hofstra University. Like other third-party candidates, Stein was blocked from participating in the debate by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is controlled by the Republican and Democratic parties. Stein and Honkala were held for eight hours, handcuffed to chairs. As she was being arrested, Stein condemned what she called “this mock debate, this mockery of democracy.”
I am outraged that “the debates” only invite candidates from the two financially entrenched parties. Given that this election for President is supposedly important, shouldn’t we also be hearing from other candidates from other parties? Although the over-restrictive rules of the current debate system bar them from the debate, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now has given them the opportunity to weigh in on the questions asked of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.