RT to Air Third Party US Presidential Debate

Oct 22, 2012, 14:49 ET from RT

MOSCOW, Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- RT will broadcast live debate between third party US presidential candidates. The debate, moderated by Larry King, will take place on October 23rd.

Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode, and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party are taking part in The Third Party Debate, ahead of the November 6th US presidential election. 

Despite many of the candidates' names appearing on the ballots in as many as 48 states, no other American TV network plans to televise the debate.

"The mainstream media's disregard for this debate is really troubling, when you consider that a third party candidate -- Ross Perot -- has influenced the outcome of national election before," says Margarita Simonyan, RT's editor in chief. 

The debate will be broadcast live on the RT America channel on October 23rd, at 9:00 pm EST. RT America will also air a special pre-debate discussion panel featuring RT America's TV host Thom Hartmann, Josh Tolley of The Josh Tolley Show and Ben Swann of WXIX Fox 19.

The broadcast will be streamed online by the digital programming service Ora TV and The Free and Equal Elections Foundation, as well as RT's YouTube channel. Another network which will air the debate is Al Jazeera English.

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