Gov. Gary Johnson to Provide Online Commentary During Presidential Debate
Gov. Gary Johnson will host a special online event on Wednesday, October 3rd, at 6:00 pm PDT / 9:00 pm EDT, during which he will provide commentary on the Presidential debate.
The event will be hosted via Google+ Hangout at http://tinyurl.com/Oct-3-Online-Event, and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/govgaryjohnson.
Gov. Johnson is challenging his exclusion from the upcoming Presidential debates, and his online commentary and responses to Wednesday’s or subsequent debates are of course subject to change should the Commission on Presidential Debates or the Federal Courts allow him to participate.
In related news…
Philips Electronics has dropped its sponsorship of the 2012 presidential debates, citing a desire not to associate itself with “partisan politics,” POLITICO has learned.
Philips is the third and by far the largest of the original ten sponsors to pull its support, following similar decisions by British advertising firm BBH New York and the YWCA over the last week. Their decision to do so is seen as the result of intense lobbying efforts by advocacy organizations — primarily Libertarian supporters of former Gov. Gary Johnson — who oppose the exclusion of third-party candidates and who therefore believe the Commission on Presidential Debates is an anti-Democratic institution.
Mark A. Stephenson, the head of corporate communications at Philips North America, told POLITICO that the company doesn’t want to provide “even the slightest appearance of supporting partisan politics.”