Green Party presidential nominee Howie Hawkins flew from Syracuse to Nashville today for the final presidential debate of the 2020 election, even though he has been shut out of the event.
Hawkins, 67, of Syracuse, didn’t qualify for the debate because of a requirement for participants to have support from at least 15% of the electorate in five national polls.
Only President Donald Trump and Joe Biden qualified. Third-party candidates like Hawkins and Libertarian Jo Jorgensen have typically received 2% or less of the vote in national polls before the Nov. 3 election. Hawkins is on the presidential ballot in 30 states.
Hawkins said he will hang out tonight at a Starbucks near the debate site at Belmont University in Nashville in case he receives any interview requests from national media. He also plans to meet with local Green Party members during the trip.
Hawkins said his vice-presidential running mate, Angela Walker, will not join him in Nashville. Walker works about 10 hours a day driving a dump truck in South Carolina, he said.
Hawkins traveled to Cleveland in September for the first presidential debate, where he protested his exclusion from the event.