Election watchdog group Open Debates has called on the Commission on Presidential Debates to make public the secret debate contract negotiated by the Obama and Romney campaigns. Many want to see the details of what candidates have agreed to and to see how exclusionary the document is toward other candidates.
Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson sent the Commission a letter officially requesting his inclusion in the upcoming October presidential debates and is waiting to hear their decision. Johnson makes the case, those who are expected to be on the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia should be included to debate.
Robert F. Bauer of the Obama campaign and Benjamin L. Ginsberg of the Romney campaign negotiated a detailed contract that dictates many of the terms of the 2012 presidential debates. The Commission on Presidential Debates, a private corporation created by the Republican and Democratic parties to serve their interests, has agreed to implement the debate contract. In order to shield the major party candidates from criticism, the Commission on Presidential Debates is concealing the contract from the public and the press.
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