Jacqueline Passey (congrats on joining Bruce Guthrie’s team) passes along:
He just called me and told me that King 5 TV called his campaign today and told them that he *WILL* be in the televised debate with Maria Cantwell and Mike McGavick, to be taped on the 17th at 2 PM and aired that evening at 9 PM.
She also had a greatprior to the inclusion.
On a somewhat-related note, it seems Texas gubernatorial candidate James Werner isagainst the broadcasting company Belo after the debates exclude him, claiming the free airtime to four of the five candidates constitutes in-kind contributions that tally upwards of $4.6 million to the other four candidates.
Let me be very clear on this as an ethical discussion: the libertarian view here is to curb campaign finance limitations that hamstring non-major parties (unlimited campaign contributions without strings or favors in return should be legally protected as free speech). But so long as these laws exist, what’s good for the goose is mighty damn good for the televised gander.
Update: Guthrie has not the other candidates. I would implore him to repeat this line of “diversity of ideas in the political arena” in his opening arguments and make it clear that democracy flourishes when we have real debates on issues instead of multi-million dollar advertising blitzes and smear campaigns (expensive packaging on boxes full of shit IMO).that succintly addresses the issue of him being allowed but