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Watch the Third Party Presidential Debate – 9pm Tonight

Nov 05 2012 by Brendan Shick Add Your Thoughts

UPDATE: It appears Al Jazeera English is not carrying the debate tonight. You can watch the live coverage from 9pm-10:30pm on RT America.


I don’t like getting into politics anymore than the next guy, but unfortunately broadcasting and politics mix once every four years in the form of …drumroll…Presidential debates.

The three Presidential debates between Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney were naturally heavily publicized and viewed by a huge number of potential voters. However, President Obama actually has around 150 challengers if you include third party candidates and recognized write-in candidates. They have once again received considerably less press.

Third parties have been steadily gaining ground in US elections over the past several years, but many say voting for one is a wasted vote since they are unlikely to grab even a single electoral college vote – to which Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson offered the impassioned plea in the third party debate two weeks ago: “Wasting your vote is voting for somebody you don’t believe in. That’s wasting your vote.

Although few know about it, there will be a second debate between two of these candidates tonight at 9pm (originally scheduled for last Tuesday, moved because of Hurricane Sandy).

Gary JohnsonJill Stein

Since it probably won’t be aired on your local television channels, you’ll may need to find a less-biased source of your choice online (RT, and Free and Equal will have it for sure – Al Jazeera, CSPAN and others also picked up the last one) to watch live. All responsible voters are encouraged to do so. Jill Stein (Grn) and Gary Johnson (Lib.) will be present.

You can also watch the previous debate between four challengers (Jill Stein, Green Party; Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party; Virgil Goode, Constitution Party; & Rocky Anderson, Justice Party), embedded in its entirety below:

This pair of third party debates are the only two debates to which all the candidates were actually invited (Jill Stein tried to attend one of the other debates, but was instead bound to a chair while Obama and Romney fought it out). Romney and Obama chose not to attend either one.


Brendan Shick

Brendan Shick is a freelance DP, gaffer, and sports broadcaster serving primarily the Chicago, IL; Pittsburgh, PA; Grand Rapids, MI; and Fort Wayne, IN, regions. You can find out more by following this blog, his recent work on Vimeo, or by connecting with him on Twitter or LinkedIn. Brendan is also an occasional contributor to the Project Updates feed for one of his most recent films, To Turn Back Time.


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