Third-party candidate inclusion in televised debates
An independent candidate with little popular support, Ralph
Forbes, was denied permission to participate in a debate sponsored
by a state-owned public television station in 1992. The Arkansas
Educational Television Commission (AETC) had selected the
two major party candidates to debate. Forbes sued for his
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