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Free & Equal to Host Open Presidential Debate March 4

Open Debate Includes Candidates from Various Political Parties


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, January 23, 2020 — Free & Equal Elections Foundation will host its first Open Presidential Debate of the 2020 US Presidential election at the Hilton Chicago Hotel on March 4, 2020 at 6pm CST.

The debate will attempt to address many criticisms of recent presidential debates, including frustrating formats, irrelevant questions, and heavy-handed candidate exclusions.

All active 2020 US Presidential candidates are invited to participate in the open debate. Four candidates have been confirmed for the event. The event will be broadcast live at

“At a time when record numbers of Americans support opening up the US political system to more voices and choices, we’re building an inspiring cross-partisan dialogue to tackle the important issues facing US voters,” said Free & Equal founder Christina Tobin.

Co-hosted by Open the Debates, the debate will use innovative formats and approaches to shift the conversation toward constructive, respectful, and solution-oriented debate. The cumulative debate format will provide a balanced and informative dialogue among the candidates.

“People are angry and fed up by the failures of our political system. We’re trying to elevate the debate by focusing on some of the most pressing and contentious issues we face, while pushing to find compromise and common ground,” said Open the Debates founder Eli Beckerman.

“By moving beyond false binary choices of liberal vs. conservative, Democrat vs. Republican, we can start to dig deeper into a more meaningful political debate,” said Christina Tobin.


About Free & Equal Elections Foundation

The Free & Equal Elections Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to open the electoral process through education and collaborative action.