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Challenging America's Two Party System

Why can't a third party candidate become US president?

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are seen as the most unpopular candidates to have ever stood for the presidency of the United States. So why is it so difficult for a third party candidate to break through and make a real impact? Owen Bennett Jones and his guests discuss whether the US political system, trumpeted as a shining beacon of democracy across the world, really does give the voter the best choice.

(Photo: A Trump supporter at the first US presidential debate in September 2016. Credit: Getty Images)

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50 minutes

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Sat 1 Oct 2016 10:06GMT


Zoltan Istvan - journalist and entrepreneur running for US president as the candidate of the Transhumanist Party

Lawrence Lessig - Professor at Harvard Law School and a former candidate for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

Greg Orman - former independent Senate candidate in Kansas in 2014 and author of the new book A Declaration of Independents: How We Can Break the Two-Party Stranglehold and Restore the American Dream

Professor Marjorie Hershey - Indiana University in Bloomington

Jill Stein - Green Party candidate for the US presidency


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