Alternative Presidential Candidates Spar Tonight at Vanderbilt


We know these guys don't even have pocket change to buy airtime or anything—is that really the sole determining factor in who gets taken seriously these days as a presidential candidate?—but at 7 p.m. tonight, Vanderbilt is hosting a debate open to all presidential contenders. What, you mean there are more than two? Indeed there are, and they'll gather tonight at Room 4309 of Vandy's Stevenson Center to debate issues you probably won't hear raised tomorrow night at Belmont. You'll hear Brad Lyttle of the U.S. Pacifist Party mix it up with Charles Jay of the Boston Tea Party—yes, the candidate who ran in the 2004 election with Behind the Green Door star Marilyn Chambers as his running mate, which may have been the moment "VPILF" entered the lexicon—or perhaps a heated exchange between Gloria LaRiva of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and Darrell Castle of the Constitution Party. And don't be surprised by wily parliamentary moves from Frank McEnulty of the New American Independent Party or Brian Moore of the Socialist Party. So where are the Green Party's Cynthia McKinney, the Libertarian Party's Bob Barr, or independent Ralph Nader? Probably standing at the corner of Belmont and Blair holding "I NEED TICKETS" signs. But if they somehow condescend to appear, moderator and Pith stalwart Bruce Barry will no doubt find them a seat. After the jump: a video sampling of tonight's roster. McEnulty: LaRiva: Moore and Burt Linthicum of the Constitution Party:

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