Nebraska’s lone Libertarian in the Unicameral says the presidential debates have been poorer by leaving out third party candidates.
Only Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton get a podium on the presidential debate stage. No Libertarian Gary Johnson. No Green Party Jill Stein.
Sen. Laura Ebke of Crete, a Libertarian, says both Johnson and Stein should have been included.
“My standard, if I was running the Presidential Debate Commission, my standard would be, are you on enough ballots that you could mathematically win the presidency?” Ebke tells Nebraska Radio Network. “So, if you could accumulate 270 electoral votes, you should be on the debate stage.”
Ebke characterizes the debates between Trump and Clinton as a big food fight.
Including Johnson in the debate, according to Ebke, would force the discussion in a different direction by including someone who would approach issues from a smaller government standpoint, attempting to shrink the size of government and someone concerned about civil liberties.
Trump and Clinton engaged in a highly personal, acrimonious debate at Washington University in St. Louis last night, the second of three debates. The third debate will be held on the 19th on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Click here for the link to the Commission on Presidential Debate website.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]