Campaign Launched to Make Democracy Reform Focus of 1st Presidential Debate

Posted Sept. 14, 2016

MP3 Interview with Rahna Epting, chief of staff with the group Every Voice, conducted by Scott Harris


More than 30 democracy reform groups across the U.S. are calling on the moderator in the first presidential candidate debate, on Sept. 26, NBC’s Lester Holt, to require Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump to talk about how they plan to make our democracy work for all Americans.

The campaign dubbed, “First Debate Democracy,” supported by groups including Common Cause, People for the American Way, and DEMOS, is now collecting petition signatures that will be delivered to Holt, the NBC Nightly News anchor. Those backing the campaign are urging Holt to pose pointed questions to the candidates on the corrupting influence of unlimited and unaccountable money in U.S. politics, a situation made worse by the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision – as well as the attempt in many states to suppress the right to vote in targeted communities of color.

Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Rahna Epting, chief of staff with the group Every Voice, who explains the goal of the campaign and why she believes the presidential candidates should discuss their views on the widely-held perception across the U.S., that the structure and mechanics of America’s democracy are broken, and in urgent need of repair and reform.

Learn more about the “First Debate Democracy,” campaign by visiting Every Voice Center at

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