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Third Partys and the Media

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Basically, the idea is simple. Let's say you're a fourth party. Basically, less known than the Green, Libertarian, Constitution, and Reform partys (Though my idea should apply to them too)

The Basics

Alrighty, so, you're set! Now, you have about 100,000$ total. With this, is your determination to at least affect the election. So, we are set!

Debates

So, after spending most of the campaign money on beer and pornography, you come to realise the debates are coming up! So, you might start asking major partys if you can be in the debate. Most likeley, they will say no. But prehaps some sort of....bribe? Hrm, maybe if you give them a big ammount of mo- oh wait, you don't have that much......hrm...

*Time machine back to start of campaign*

Alrighty! After spending the first week raising money, the debates are coming up! You ask the Republican canidate if you can be in the debates. He declines, untill you offer him pretty much all of your money! (In this case, 100,0000$). So, he accepts. So, you're in the debates! When this happens, you get a HUGE popularity boost. We are talking from 0% to 11% here. By this time, the media should start noticing you.

The Media

Now, you are in the spotlight, but that light won't last forever. So, take advantage of it, and start making speeches, spin them as much as you can, make sure you get in the second, third, and so forth debates, and, with more popularity comes more supporters willing to fundraise for you (AKA: More % nationally = More fundraising when third party canidate fundraises)

By this time, you should actually be doing very good, maybe even getting in the 20's nationally and possibly close to getting some endorsers. In no way should you relax. Instead, you should work and work, while you get more and more interviews.

I'm sure you can see where this is all going.

The End

Basically, this sounds really easy, but I'm sure 80soft can think of ways to make it harder to get in debates, or even get noticed at all. Here are my basic ideas:

1. Make third party canidates popularity much more affected by debates and front page storys. Basically, getting to the front page = at least 1% jump nationally. Pretty much the only way to get higher in % nationally. (Besides endorsers, that also should have a big effect depending on what kind of endorser, and max foot soldiers in a state)

2. Remove "(Canidate) has run out of funds!" unless the canidate is actually relevent to the election. (10% nationally or higher)

3. Able to give money to major party canidates in order to get into debates.

4. % nationally = How much money people can fundraise

Thoughts?

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Hmm....

A) Would a major party want to accept a bribe? That would be a very bad story if it came out.

B) You would have to bribe both the Democrats, Republicans, and Presidential Debates Comission/Comittee to get in.

C) Then once you got into the debates, everyone would freak out as to how you got in, and the bribe story would find its way out and crush your chances.

D) The fourth parties beliefs and platforms are so bizarre and out there that there's no way they'd get more than 2% (TOPS). Putting them forth in a debate would get you laughed at and ridiculed.

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Hmm....

A) Would a major party want to accept a bribe? That would be a very bad story if it came out.

B) You would have to bribe both the Democrats, Republicans, and Presidential Debates Comission/Comittee to get in.

C) Then once you got into the debates, everyone would freak out as to how you got in, and the bribe story would find its way out and crush your chances.

D) The fourth parties beliefs and platforms are so bizarre and out there that there's no way they'd get more than 2% (TOPS). Putting them forth in a debate would get you laughed at and ridiculed.

Good point. Okay, if a canidate is at 15% or higher, they can give bribes to the major parties. That way, no one is REALLY (As in, "What the HELL!") type of suprised.

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