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DEBATE SUMMARY

FREE & EQUAL ELECTIONS’ OPEN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

 

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.

 

 

LIVESTREAM

 

The event was broadcasted live at www.freeandequal.org.

 

DEBATE FORMAT

 

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.

CONFIRMED CANDIDATES

CANDIDATE LINEUPS

 

2pm (CST)

 

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.

 

6:30pm (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

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DEBATE FAQS

 

What’s the criteria for invited candidates?

 

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,

 

OR

 

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.

 

Will this debate be broadcast on television?

 

The event was livestreamed at www.freeandequal.org.

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