Independent/Third Party Presidential Debate
Colonial Room of the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC
Thursday, October 23, 2008

Free & Equal Elections
Participants: All six candidates who qualified for enough state ballot lines to be eligible to win the presidency on November 4 have been invited.


Format: 90 minutes.
-No opening statements

-There will be six of the following question and answer series: The  moderator will pose a question. Each candidate will be permitted 90 seconds to respond. The candidates' preliminary answers will be followed by a 5-minute "discussion" period, during which the moderator will be  permitted unlimited follow-up questions and the candidates would be encouraged to engage one another in actual debate. This will last about 60 minutes.

-After the above six question-and-answer series, each candidate will be permitted to ask a single question of one or more of the other candidates, with each candidate permitted 90 seconds to respond. This will last about 10 minutes.

-After this, submitted questions from the audience will be selected and presented by the moderator. This will last for about 10 minutes.

-Each candidate will be permitted a 2-minute closing statement.

Audience: 150 Tickets are available to the general public.  Tickets ($50) can be purchased through Pay Pal(R) at

Sponsor: Free & Equal Elections.  Founder and President is Christina Tobin, who served as Ralph Nader's National Ballot Access Coordinator in 2008. did initial work on a third-party debate, aiming for Oct. 16 in New York City.  Free & Equal Elections and the Columbia Political Union advanced the work and announced a debate to be held at Columbia University on Oct. 19, but that fell through and led to the Oct. 23 event.  (press releases)