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Open Letter to NBC Moderator Calls for Candidates to Debate 'Democracy Itself'

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Open Letter to NBC Moderator Calls for Candidates to Debate ‘Democracy Itself’

Issues such as voting rights, campaign finance, and freedom of the press impact, “at the most fundamental level, who has power in this country and who doesn’t”

By: Deirdre Fulton
Date: 2016-09-08

Before they tackle foreign policy, climate change, the economy, or public education at upcoming presidential debates, “the candidates must first debate democracy itself,” reads an open letter to NBC’s Lester Holt, who will moderate the first face-off between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump later this month.

“As the moderator of this year’s first presidential debate, you have significant flexibility to select the topics you chose to cover,” says the letter, co-signed by a coalition of more than 30 organizations representing millions of Americans nationwide. “While there are a number of critical policy differences between the candidates, there is one subject so fundamental to our future—so essential to our national identity—that its inclusion in this debate must be guaranteed.”

“It’s critical that Lester Holt give voters a chance to hear from our presidential candidates about their take on our democracy and how they plan to restore people’s faith in the system,” said Rahna Epting, chief of staff at Every Voice. (Photo: AP)

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