Should our federal government be big and "green" or small and frugal? That question is likely to be at the heart of the final debate of the 2012 presidential campaign, when candidates Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party meet in an election eve debate between "alternative candidates" for president.
The candidates will discuss and spar over issues for 90 minutes (9:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.) in the RT America television studio in Washington, D.C. RT (Russia Today) America is the English language, state-funded Russian television station that is sponsoring and televising the debate. It will be carried on some satellite dish and cable TV systems, as well as on the RT YouTube channel.
The debate will also be shown on Free Speech TV. The previous alternative candidates debate on October 23 was also televised on the C-Span cable channel. Free and Equal Elections Foundation, organizers of the debates, is encouraging people to contact C-Span and other media outlets to cover Monday night's debate as well.
The match is a face-off between the top vote recipients from the four-way debate on October 23. Viewers were invited at the conclusion of that event to vote for the candidates they would like to see go head-to-head in the second and final debate. Johnson drew more than 25,000 votes and Stein collected about 15,000, to finish first and second, eliminating candidates Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party and former Virginia Congressman Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party. Tonight's debate was originally scheduled for last Tuesday, but was postponed because of Hurricane Sandy.
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Photos of Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein and Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson: AP Images