Online Staff Report
CHICAGO — Free and Equal Elections Foundation has announced Larry King, host of Larry King Now on Hulu.com and Ora TV, will serve as moderator for its special 2012 presidential debate.
Hosted by Free and Equal, this debate will take place at 8 p.m. (Central), Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the Hilton Chicago. C-SPAN, Ora TV, Russia Today and the Free and Equal Elections Foundation will broadcast the debate live on the Internet.
The Free and Equal Elections Foundation has assembled a diverse group of ballot-qualified candidates to offer a multi-partisan debate for American voters. Sponsors span the ideological spectrum, from The Nation to The American Conservative.
“We are honored to have Larry King moderate this historic debate,” said Christina Tobin, founder and chairman of Free & Equal. “The previous debates between President Obama and Gov. Romney have failed to address the issues that really concern everyday Americans. From foreign policy, to the economy, to taboo subjects like our diminishing civil liberties and the drug war, Americans deserve a real debate, real solutions and real electoral options.”
Unlike traditional mainstream debates, viewers will be invited to submit questions via the web and social media, creating the first truly open and democratic debate on record. People can submit questions via Free and Equal’s website, or they can use the hashtag #AskEmThisLarry on Twitter.
Mainstream debates are sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which executes debate contracts drafted by the Republican and Democratic campaigns containing non-public provisions that sanitize debates, disregard viable third-party and independent candidates, and prohibit participation in other independent debates, according to Free and Equal.
Ora TV CEO Jon Housman explained: “Millions of Americans have already watched political coverage on web outlets like YouTube this campaign season, and we think there will be great interest in hearing from the set of candidates that Free and Equal has brought together. The diverse perspectives of the featured candidates, combined with the unparalleled experience of Larry King, will make this a must-watch event.”
King added: “This is a truly exciting opportunity. I have interviewed every U.S. president since Nixon, and lest people forget, I helped usher Ross Perot into the national conversation during the 1992 presidential contest. I appreciate the importance of providing a platform to those with real alternative visions for our country’s future.”
Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, and Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson have all confirmed their participation in the debate.
The debate will be broadcast live by Free and Equal Elections Foundation, Ora TV, Ora TV’s YouTube channel andRussia Today.
Ora TV is also broadcasting the mainstream presidential debates on its YouTube channel, as well as additional political coverage throughout this election season.
For more information, visit freeandequal.org.
Posted Oct. 19, 2012