Oct. 18, 2011
PUNDITTY PROJECT VOTER ACTION ALERT
HELP GARY JOHNSON GET INVITED TO THE NEXT GOP DEBATE
The Nov. 9 Republican presidential debate will be at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich. It is co-sponsored by CNBC and the Michigan Republican Party. If you are unsatisfied with the current field of GOP candidates and would like to see former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson invited to the Nov. 9 debate, use CNBC’s easy contact form and let them know you want to hear from Johnson on Nov. 9. The Michigan GOP also makes it easy to contact the party and suggest an invitation for Johnson. With these simple, direct steps, you can help give the American electorate another option. Occupy the next few minutes with direct action for democracy – contact CNBC and the Michigan GOP and ask that they include Johnson.
Choose "Show Feedback - CNBC TV" as category. If you are wondering what to write in the comment section, I suggest keeping it simple. Here's what I wrote: "Please include former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson in the Nov. 9 debate that will be aired on CNBC. Thank you."
Contact Michigan GOP
Seven Republican presidential candidates met in Las Vegas Tuesday night to participate in the CNN Western Republican debate, moderated by Anderson Cooper. Why not eight, as originally designed by the people who crafted the guidelines for the GOP debates?
Taking the stage Tuesday at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas were Herman Cain, former chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank and Godfather’s Pizza CEO; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; Texas Gov. Rick Perry; Rep. Ron Paul of Texas; former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich of Georgia); Rep. Michele Bachman of Minnesota and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman opted to host a town hall meeting in New Hampshire instead.
So why wasn’t former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson invited to step in for Huntsman? It’s not as if he is a total stranger to the debates, having participated in two previous candidate forums, including the first debate May 5 in Greenville, S.C. After he took part in an Orlando, Fla., debate on Sept. 22, “Gary Johnson” was the most searched for term on Google for several hours.
According to a CNN poll released Monday, most Republican voters – roughly two-thirds – remain uncertain of who they will be voting for in the primary/caucus season. This is all the more reason to include Johnson in upcoming debates. The next debate is scheduled for Nov. 9 at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., and will be broadcast on CNBC. According to the presidentialelectionnews.com, the participants are still to be determined.
In an Oct. 17 letter to CNN posted on his website, Johnson wrote the following: “The mystery of CNN’s decisions reached an entirely new level when, after I outperformed both Jon Huntsman and Rick Santorum in your own August poll, and tied Herman Cain, you inexplicably did not include me in your subsequent polling.”
The Nov. 9 debate is co-sponsored by CNBC and the Michigan Republican Party. If you are unsatisfied with the current crop of GOP candidates and would like to see Gov. Johnson invited to the Nov. 9 debate, use CNBC’s easy contact form and let them know you want to hear more from Gary Johnson. The Michigan GOP also makes it easy to contact the party and suggest an invitation for Johnson.
With at least 13 debates scheduled between now and mid-March, voters deserve a chance to hear from this two-term governor alongside the other candidates. Johnson can still make an impact and possibly emerge as the nominee, but only if he gets the free publicity the other candidates are getting by appearing in the debates.
Wikipedia page on Republican Party presidential debates for 2012
2012 Primary Debate Schedule, www.presidentialelectionnews.com
The Anti-Gary Johnson Rule, slate.com, Aug. 25, 2011
The Next Debate’s Convenient Qualifications Threshold, nationalreview.com, Aug. 25, 2011
FOX News calls exclusion of candidates from debate a ‘scandal,’ will Fox’s debate next month be different? thinkprogress.org, Sept. 3, 2011
Huntsman throws barbs from New Hampshire, CNN, Oct. 18, 2011
Perry rides new ad, fading poll numbers into Western Republican debate, kvue.com, Oct. 18, 2011
Gloves come off, candidates go all out in Las Vegas debate, CNN, Oct. 18, 2011