Our political system is broken. Our national political discourse is a wreck. It’s time for an intervention.
In that spirit, Free & Equal Elections Foundation hosted its first Open Presidential Debate of the 2020 US Presidential election at the Hilton Chicago Hotel on March 4, 2020 at 2pm CST.
The debate addressed many criticisms of recent presidential debates, including frustrating formats, irrelevant questions, and heavy-handed candidate exclusions.
Co-hosted by Open the Debates, the debate used innovative formats and approaches to shift the conversation toward constructive, respectful, and solution-oriented debate.
The debate was divided into two main segments to accommodate the groundswell of participating candidates, at 2pm and 6:30pm, with a short overlapping segment with all candidates at 6pm. The cumulative debate format will provide a balanced and informative dialogue among the candidates.
Dan Behrman, Libertarian Party
Brian Carroll, American Solidarity Party
Erik Gerhardt, Libertarian Party
Charles Kraut, Constitution Party
J.R. Myers, Life and Liberty Party
Sedinam Moyowasifza-Curry, Green Party
Mark Stewart, Democratic Party
Arvin Vohra, Libertarian Party
Ben Zion, Transhumanist Party
We will have a brief overlapping segment with all 18 candidates at 6pm CST.
Ken Armstrong, Libertarian Party
Mosie Boyd, Democratic Party
Mark Charles, Independent
Howie Hawkins, Green Party
Zoltan Istvan, Republican Party
Jo Jorgensen, Libertarian Party
Adam Kokesh, Libertarian Party
Gloria La Riva, Party for Socialism and Liberation
Vermin Supreme, Libertarian Party
Ballot Access News
Center for Election Science
The Foundation for Harmony and Prosperity
Independent Voter News
National Association of Nonpartisan Reformers
Sister Winds Festival
Taxpayers United of America
Frank Atwood of Approval Voting USA
David Bowden and Crystal Wagner
In addition to Constitutional eligibility for the office of U.S. President, we are requiring the following criteria as a demonstration of a national campaign for the office:
Candidate committee has filed with the FEC and
A) If the candidate is seeking the nomination of one of the 5 parties that has its own presidential primaries (Dem, Rep, Libt, Green, and Constitution) then the candidate must be on the ballot in primaries in two states,
B) If the candidate is an independent, or is seeking the nomination of some other party, the candidate must be circulating petitions in at least two states or has submitted a detailed ballot access plan for the above.