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Voters are consistently exposed to partisan attacks without responses from the other side. Even two opposing arguments often leave unanswered questions.

The Print Debate process encourages a step-by-step exposition of candidates' opposing platforms that creates a comparative reference of the candidates and platforms. Our mission is to serve as the centralized non-partisan home of political dialogue on the internet! The American democracy and its voters deserve clear and concise dialogue from all candidates for office.

Print Debates unfold online and can be printed as handouts and in newspapers. Welcome to a technologically advanced form of political dialogue. MORE >

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Non-profit Status & Fundraising
The Print Debate Center is actively pursuing a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS. Official formation as a traditional non-profit will allow our organization to fundraise for future election cycles and continue to provide free Print Debates to all qualifying candidates. Learn more about our plans HERE >

2004 Federal Election
The Print Debate Center actively promoted its level playing field in the 2004 federal election. The effort achieved tremendous first cycle success, as eleven candidates for Senate and Congress issued Print Debate challenges to their opponent. Details on the 2004 activity can be found HERE >




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The Federalist Papers
The Federalist Papers and Anti-Federalist Papers were written and published in 1787 and 1788. In alternating publications, two different viewpoints were presented on the early formations of our American democracy. Each side presented ideas and provided rebuttals to the opposing viewpoint in alternating publications. There were a total of 85 essays that were published in both newspapers of the day and in pamphlets.

The primary argument, advanced by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay was for the states to be controlled by a strong federal government. The opposing view, presented by the authors of the Anti-Federalist papers Robert Lansing and Melancton Smith, did not ultimately prevail.

The back and forth nature of these two communication efforts were watched very closely by people of that day. This step-by-step process is considered by many historians to have been of great consequence to political thought in America, as it amounted to a ten-month print debate that led to the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.

The Federalist Papers are the inspiration for Print Debate. Click here for more on the Federalist Papers.