Green Party Candidate For Senate Crashes Maryland Debate
Margaret Flowers wasn't polling at 15 percent, so she didn't qualify for the debate. But that didn't stop her.
A Maryland candidate for the U.S. Senate crashed a debate between her opponents Wednesday night.
"If you don't mind leaving the stage at this point so that we continue with this organized debate," WJZ-TV anchor and debate moderator Vic Carter asked.
"Well, I'm a candidate on the ballot. I have a statewide campaign," Margaret Flowers responded.
You might be asking, "If she's a candidate, how is she crashing the debate?"
Well, Margaret Flowers didn't qualify for it. The debate rules only allowed candidates on stage if they had at least 15 percent support in the polls.
Republican state Del. Kathy Szeliga and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen qualified.
"I mean, you say you're a public university and you want to educate the public, but without having a full public discussion, that doesn't actually happen. So how does this serve democracy or serve the public if I'm excluded from this discussion?" Flowers asked.
Flowers didn't get an answer to her question. Police escorted her out of the room.
Some more well-known third-party candidates likely feel Flowers' pain.
The Libertarian and Green parties sued the Commission on Presidential Debates last year with no success.
Stein and Johnson found their own ways to debate. They live-tweeted the debates — but they likely didn't have the attention of the 70- to 80-million-person audiences Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had.
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