Libertarians protest exclusion from Belo Debate

Libertarian protest

Credit: WFAA

Libertarians protested outside the WFAA studio Wednesday, asking for their U.S. Senate candidate John Jay Myers to be included in the October 2 Belo Debate.



Posted on September 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 13 at 12:15 PM

DALLAS — Carrying signs saying "Let us debate" and "Let the candidate speak," a handful of people supporting the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate protested Wednesday outside the WFAA studio in downtown Dallas.

The group is upset because John Jay Myers has not been invited to participate in the Belo Debate scheduled for October 2.

The Myers campaign has not been able to meet any of the five criteria laid out by WFAA to be eligible take part in the debate.

So far, only Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Paul Sadler have been asked and have accepted invitations to take part in the event.

The five primary criteria used by WFAA to determine who is invited include whether a candidate:

  • receives significant levels of public support in independent public opinion polls (e.g. 15 percent, which is the minimum used by the Commission on Presidential Debates)
  • has received substantial campaign contributions from varied sources
  • has previously held significant public office(s)
  • has received a substantial level of votes in prior elections for the same or comparable office(s)
  • will be reported by news agencies in election night returns
  • has received significant news coverage from a wide range of media outlets

The Belo debate will be broadcast live on WFAA Channel 8 and to a statewide audience online.