WASHINGTON (AP) -- The presidential debates will be one big snooze-fest for Americans without Ralph Nader and Pat Buchanan there to force accountability and discussion of difficult issues, the pair of third-party candidates say.
Voters "want exciting issues that are not being discussed. They don't want to fall asleep in front of the television set watching the drab debate the dreary," Nader said Monday on CNN's "Larry King Live."
Both plan to be in Boston for the first presidential debate Tuesday night. But they won't share the stage with Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore. Nader, the Green Party nominee, and Reform Party candidate Buchanan fell far short of the 15 percent support they needed in major polls, as required by the sponsoring bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates.
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