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Behind the Secret Republican and Democrat Effort to Shut Out Third Parties

Posted: 10/04/2012 2:26 pm

The first debate of the 2012 presidential election aired last night with Republican Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama going head to head about several issues affecting the United States. Missing from the stage in Denver, however, were all of the third party candidates.

That's why Democracy Now! took a look at how the Democrats and Republicans manage to shut out all third parties from the presidential debates. The Obama and Romney campaigns have secretly negotiated a detailed contract that dictates many of the terms of the 2012 presidential debates. This includes who gets to participate, as well as the topics raised during the debates.

It is no accident that third parties never get established in the US. The Republicans plus the Democrats make the laws and neither party wants any additional competition.

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