Philips, the largest dropped sponsor thus far, said in a letter that the commission “may appear to support bi-partisan” rather than “non-partisan” politics.
Some libertarians reasonably point out that the commission apologized in 2002 for pulling Ralph Nader from a debate.
Cato Institute’s Gene Healy put it this way in his Washington Examiner column this week:
The “zinger” shootout tomorrow in Denver promises to be the same old stale, stage-managed affair. That’s the way the Demopublican duopoly wants it, and the Commission on Presidential Debates — the gatekeeper corporation set up by the two major parties in 1986 — makes sure the duopoly gets its way.