In years past, independent presidential hopefuls had a say in a their own debate settings.
Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson was featured in alternative debates when he ran for office in 2012 and 2016, and also got substantial airtime on C-SPAN, as did Green Party hopeful Jill Stein. In 2016, a “People’s Presidential Debate” featured Constitution Party nominee Darrell Castle, the Reform Party’s Rocky de la Fuente, and Gloria La Riva, representing the Party for Socialism and Liberation. The event was hosted by the late actor Ed Asner.
The independents again have an exclusive forum this year. The nonprofit Free & Equal Elections Foundation and the newly formed Independent National Union have organized the Independent National Convention — staged this weekend at a resort in Cheyenne, Wyoming — complete with formal dinners, 16 speakers, six entertainers, multiple forums and an independent presidential debate Saturday evening, That will be followed by a “Mayan Warrior After Party.”