Beer & Ballots
Anheuser-Busch is the longest-running sponsor of the US Presidential Debates. Since Anheuser-Busch joined as a debate sponsor in 1996, not one independent or 3rd party presidential candidate has been invited to debate.
The last debate sponsors to extend an invite outside of the republican and democrat parties were in the 1992 Presidential Election with Ross Perot, who went on to win over 18% of the popular vote even after pausing his campaign run from July through September after being told he would not receive ballot access in all 50 states.
Now here we are 28 years since Ross Perot was in the debates, we have four political parties‘ presidential candidates on the ballot in enough states to win the 270 electoral votes needed to win the US Presidency:
Donald Trump (Republican)
Joe Biden (Democrat)
Jo Jorgensen (Libertarian)
Howie Hawkins (Green)
But all signs point to another two party debate due to the 15% polling rule excluding anyone who is not a Democrat or Republican yet again.
Every Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) approved poll has excluded the Libertarian and Green Party candidates even though they were nominated 3 months ago.
Our Request to Anheuser-Busch
As the longest-running sponsor of the US Presidential Debates, we ask that Anheuser-Busch agrees to publicly encourage and work with the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) to invite all candidates who have achieved the ballot access threshold that gives them the mathematical possibility of earning the minimum of 270 electoral votes required to win the presidential election.
Should the CPD refuse to change their requirement regarding this qualification by eliminating the “15% in selected polls,” stipulation, we ask that Anheuser-Busch agree to step down as a sponsor from all future debates until such changes are made.
Anheuser-Busch Invites Top Democrats & Republicans to Tour Their Facilities
“As an industry leader we are committed to playing an active role in strengthening our communities and our democracy,” said Cesar Vargas, Anheuser-Busch U.S. Chief External Affairs Officer. “The Anheuser-Busch Foundation’s sponsorship of the presidential debates is one of the ways that we support our democratic process and drive participation in elections.”
Since 2016 Anheuser-Busch has supported a number of events under their “Brew Democracy” initiative that aims to bring the nation’s political leaders together. The Anheuser-Busch Brew Across America Congressional Brewing Competition, now in its fourth year, has brought 30 members of Congress together at 20 different Anheuser-Busch breweries to learn about the more than 2.1 million jobs the beer industry creates in the U.S. while learning to brew beer with local ingredients."
Resources about the events:
See which politicians attended - Congressman Quigley Wins Anheuser-Busch Brew Democracy Cup