It's down to Libertarian Party candidate, Governor Gary Johnson and Green Party's Jill Stein to debate live in the second and final third-party debate on November 5.
Digital Journal reported on the first lively debate between the four third-party candidates, including a full video of the event. The event was watched by tens of thousands worldwide, as Larry King moderated the debate in Chicago.
As the mainstream media and political establishment shun them, and concentrate only on US President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, the top third-party candidates got a chance to air their views and present their platform to the country, shortly prior to the election on November 6.
Ron Hill Imagery
Governor Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party.
They spoke their minds on the topics Americans really care about in 2012, some of which have been ignored completely by the top-two candidates, including the war on terror, immigration, legalizing marijuana, higher education funding, and gay rights.
A poll was taken on the Free and Equal Elections Foundation website as to which candidates should continue to the final debate, and the winners are Governor Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein of the Green Party.
Christina Tobin, founder and chair of Free and Equal Elections, told RT, “The voters have spoken, and we are pleased to announce that Gary Johnson and Jill Stein will advance to the second debate."
Jill Stein of the Green Party.
According to Gayle Falkenthal for Communities at the Washington Times, the final count was as follows:
Gary Johnson: 26,187 first votes plus 1,962 runoff votes = 28,149
Jill Stein: 15,013 first votes plus 292 runoff votes = 15,305
Rocky Anderson: 3,938 votes plus 444 runoff votes = 4,382
Virgil Goode: 2,698 votes plus no runoff votes = 2,698
Johnson and Stein will move on to the second debate from Washington, DC, this time answering questions dedicated solely to foreign policy.
The debate will be hosted live from RT's Washington, DC studio on October 30 from 9:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time, (October 31, 1:00 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. GMT) and will be aired on RT America as well as RT.com and on RT’s YouTube channel. It will be also be broadcast live at www.freeandequal.org/live and other media outlets to be announced including, hopefully, C-SPAN.
Update: Due to Hurricane Sandy, the final third-party debate will now be on November 5, 2012, same time, same place.