There will be a Third Party Presidential Candidates Debate tonight at 9:00 pm ET. It will be aired live on C-SPAN 2. The debate will originate from the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. A live web feed will also be streamed by Restore the Republic Radio at http://www.rtrradio.com or www.TheyWillBeHeard.com.
This 90-minute forum is being sponsored by The Free and Equal Elections Coalition (http://www.freeandequal.org). A total of six presidential candidates who are on enough state ballots to be eligible to win the election have been invited to participate.
Constitution Party nominee and the only authentic conservative in the race, Chuck Baldwin, will be participating. Independent Ralph Nader has also confirmed. Libertarian nominee Bob Barr could not attend due to a â€œscheduling conflict.â€
I donâ€™t doubt that Bob Barr has a scheduling conflict since this debate was arranged rather hastily. It was originally scheduled for last Sunday. But skepticism is warranted because Bob Barr has generally tried to avoid appearing with the other third party candidates, I believe in the mistaken belief that he is a more serious candidate, and that appearing with other third party candidates will somehow diminish him. Pat Buchanan and Ralph Nader followed the same rational in 2000. But I believe Barr is making a big mistake. This attitude has already cost him support. His now infamous snub of Ron Paulâ€™s press conference was labeled Snubgate on the Web, and earned Baldwin Ron Paulâ€™s specific endorsement. Prior to Barrâ€™s grandstanding, Paul had simply urged supporters of liberty to vote third party without endorsing any candidate specifically. Barr is acting, as my Mom would say, too big for his britches. He needs to get down off his high horse and get his hands dirty with the rest of the third party candidates.
Anyway, tonightâ€™s debate should be a refreshing change of pace. After watching three debates of Social Democrat A vs. slightly less Social Democrat B, it will be nice to hear from an authentic conservative and Constitutionalist, Chuck Baldwin.
Update: We’ve got the video replay of the debate for all those who may have missed it.