It’s opening statement time, 23 minutes in

October 23, 2012

Nearly half an hour after the third-party candidate debate kicked off, the moderators have realized they did not give the White House hopefuls the chance to make opening statements.

"It was not in my notes about an opening statement, so I apologize. ... I'm a Jewish guy from Brooklyn; we do what we're told," says former CNN talker Larry King.

Jill Stein, the Green Party nominee, goes first. “The American people are in crisis. We are losing our jobs, decent wages, our homes by the millions,” she says.

Justice Party nominee Rocky Anderson is up next. He tells the crowd that “our elected officials are sound asleep” and urges attendees: “If you want real change, vote your conscience; vote Justice.”

Constitution Party nominee Virgil Goode hones in on immigration, telling the crowd of his proposed moratorium on green cards until the country’s unemployment rate is under five percent. “It makes no sense to bring in so many foreign workers when unemployment is so high in this country,” he says. He also voices support for term limits and for ending super PACs.

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party nominee, has probably the broadest opening statement, and once again receives the biggest cheers. He calls for repealing the counterterrorism surveillance measure known as the PATRIOT Act, for legalizing marijuana, for marriage equality, for instituting a “fair tax” and for bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan “tomorrow.”

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