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Archived video: Ralph Nader moderates third-party presidential debate

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A third party presidential debate that will be moderated by Ralph Nader is being held Sunday, Nov. 4, just two days before the election, at 4:30 p.m. Pacific, 7:30 p.m. Eastern.

You can submit your own questions for the debate via Nader’s Facebook page. The post says that Nader will choose two to ask during Sunday’s debate. Nader is also accepting questions via Twitter at @Ralph_Nader.

Watch video of the debate archived here:

Video streaming by Ustream

The candidates at this debate include the same four who faced off at a recent debate moderated by Larry King: Gary Johnson (Libertarian Party), Jill Stein (Green Party), Virgil Goode (Constitution Party) and Rock Anderson (Justice Party).

Only two of those candidates, Johnson and Stein, appear on California ballots. Goode and Anderson failed to qualify for ballots in this state. California ballots also include Peace and Freedom candidate Roseanne Barr and American Independent candidate Thomas Hoefling.

A press release from Ralph Nader says the debate will focus on subjects that have “largely been ignored or avoided” by the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates. Nader’s release claims it’s because the subjects are too controversial.

Nader’s release cites his own history being excluded from debates and ballots as candidate outside the nation’s two major parties. It also calls for more debates.

“Political debates should not be rationed. They should become more numerous, innovative and extend beyond the narrow routine of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD),” the release reads.

Johnson previously served as governor of New Mexico from 1995 until 2003, while Stein is a doctor who previously ran for various offices in Massachusetts, including running for governor.

The two-hour debate will be held at the Busboys and Poets restaurant in Washington, D.C. and is only open to the media, rather than the wider public.

Another third-party debate is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 5, between Johnson and Stein. It was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30, but was pushed back due to Hurricane Sandy.

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