President Obama has started running this ad, which is composed entirely of a short statement by the President himself, on camera. The ad starts with Obama facing the camera and saying, “Over the next four months, you have a choice to make. Not just between two political parties, or even two people. It’s a choice between two very different plans for our country.”
Those statements seem to assert that there are only two presidential candidates this year, even though it is clear that Gary Johnson and Jill Stein will be on the ballot in enough states to theoretically win the election. Virgil Goode may also be in that category, although it is not determined yet.
Obama’s statements stand in contrast to President Ronald Reagan, who, during his second term, while touring the Soviet Union, said in a speech that when he had run for re-election in 1984, he ran in a free election that included not only a Democratic Party opponent, but a Libertarian Party opponent and a Socialist Party opponent.
Obama also said on June 19, 2007, in response to a question while on the campaign trail in Iowa, that he was disinclined to participate in a general election presidential debate if he got the nomination. He said it very indirectly. By contrast, Hillary Clinton, asked the same question in about the same time period, said she probably would participate. Here is the text of what Obama said about inclusive debates in 2007.
Thanks to Political Wire for the link.