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The federal election laws influenced Nader in many ways He was excluded form the national televised debates A bi partisan committee plans these debates on elections They set the criteria for inclusion Many third party advocates argue that this committee is biased and doesnt give the third parties a chance This was the case with Nader The committee says that a candidate with fewer than 15 in a national pole doesnt have a substantial chance of winning and therefore shouldnt be included in the debate Jesse Ventura of the Independence party and governor of Minnesota made an interesting point on an episode of Hardball He stated that although Nader doesnt have the 15 necessary to be included in the debates he still holds between 5 and 6 in many national poles 5 and 6 of the national electorate is a very large number its millions of people whose voices and opinions arent being heard because of the dominance of the 2 party system and their view that 5 is un substantial portionSo this leaves Nader to find other ways to let the American people know that he exists He did a college tour and had a network of support from many on campus groups Including PIRG The Public interest research group theyre on 1800 college campuses in 24 states He also held major rallies in arenas such as The MCI center and Madison Square Garden It is at events such as these that Nader takes advantage of his celebrity endorsements They become part of the Attraction of the event Celebrity endorsements include Susan Sarandon Michael Moore Eddie Vedder Phil Donahue and Cornell West Not only was Nader excluded form the debates but he was not aloud to even attend the debate Representatives of the FEC threw him out of a satellite showing of the debate Nader was there as a private citizen to watch the debate and then give an interview to Fox News
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