Conspicuously absent from the so called, Saddleback Civic Forum were presidential candidates from "third parties" particularly,
Libertarian Bob Barr
Green Party's Cynthia McKinney
Constitution Party Chuck Baldwin
and Ted Weill of Reform Party USA.
Bob Barr had filed suit in Federal court to be included in the forum, but was denied by U.S. District Court Judge David Carter who wrote,
"Plaintiffs will lose out on a fair amount of exposure and the opportunity to express their views in a popular forum. On the other hand, halting this event would deny the other candidates the opportunity to be heard and would deprive the public of an opportunity to see the candidates and hear their views.
"Forcing Saddleback to include another candidate at the last moment could cause serious logistical problems and take away from the presentations of other candidate. This might well disrupt the planned presentation."
Is there any wonder why there never seems to be any political change in this country?