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UPDATED: Final Presidential Debate Tonight

 

Libertarian Gary Johnson faces off against the Green Party’s Jill Stein

 

By Charles Douglas
Humboldt Sentinel

 

On the eve of the 2012 general election, where voters will pick which Electoral College delegates will determine the fate of the President of the United States,
one last debate will be held.

Two weeks ago, the Free and Equal Foundation, along with a bevy of co-sponsors from across the national political and media landscape (including the Humboldt Sentinel), conducted an internationally televised forum where all six candidates qualified on enough state ballots to win the Presidency were invited to debate the nation’s future.

With the controlled candidacies of the two-party system bowing out in favor of their own rigged debates which only Barack Hussein Obama and Willard “Mitt” Romney could participate in, the Oct. 23 debate in Chicago featured the Constitution Party’s Virgil Goode, the Justice Party’s Rocky Anderson, the Green Party’s Jill Stein and the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson.

While blacked out by the national establishment media and by every local media outlet with the exception of the Sentinel and Bicoastal Media’s KGOE 1480 AM, the debate was carried on local television — and in a last-minute decision, also broadcast live on C-SPAN. View the entire debate here:

Goode, a former Congressman from Virginia, and Anderson, the former Mayor of Salt Lake City, found common ground with their rivals on many domestic and foreign policy concerns — but when the public used ranked choice voting in an on-line poll to determine which of the four would advance to a final debate round, they both fell short.

Thus it comes down to Johnson, the former two-term Governor of New Mexico, and Stein, a physician who previously ran against Romney for the office of Governor of Massachusetts, to duke it out in a debate which was delayed for a week due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy.

Their talk will be held at the RT America studio in Washington, D.C. and moderated by Thom Hartmann, the nationally-syndicated radio talk show host who also produces RT’s weeknight news program The Big Picture.

The debate begins at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast locally on Access Humboldt Channel 12 (Access Humboldt also carried the previous debate on live local television thanks to the Sentinel).

It can also be found streaming live at the Free and Equal website, freeandequal.org/live and is likewise being streamed by Free Speech TV, Stitcher, Orion Radio Network, Yes Magazine, NextNewsNetwork, American Free Press and by media outlets internationally in countries such as Switzerland, Sweeden, Russia, China, Spain and the United Kingdom.

A pre-debate show at 5 p.m. will feature Hartmann and several political correspondents:

  • Sam Seder – comedian, writer, actor, director, producer and talk radio host
  • Amber Lyon – Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist and whistleblower
  • Maytha Alhassen – journalist, writer, editor and University of Southern California Provost Ph.D. Fellow in American Studies and Ethnicity
  • Matt Welch – editor in chief of Reason magazine

UPDATE: The final debate can be viewed in its entirety here, thanks to RT America’s YouTube channel:

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