Chat Transcript: Arianna Huffington

We've had an amazing response both from the people who participated personally, and the 150,000 on the Web, and we've seen the ways these issues have begun to influence the discussion. We've now reached the point where no candidate for president thinks he can get elected without talking the language of reform. The Shadow Conventions are part of this movement — to move beyond talking the talk, and actually beginning to enact reform.

ABCNEWS' Bettina Gregory at 6:53pm ET

Now that the conventions are ending, the next big event is the presidential and vice presidential debates. Will you hold shadow debates?

Arianna Huffington at 6:54pm ET

I wish somebody would. I think it would be a great idea, because the debates are clearly part of the closed political system, the way they are preventing third-party candidates from participating. But our plans for what comes next are going to be decided in half an hour, when we meet in a town-hall, what's-next meeting.

Michael Smythe from dsl.lsan03.pacbell.net at 6:54pm ET

In light of your views, will you support an existing political party or work toward the creation of a new one?

Arianna Huffington at 6:55pm ET

No, those of us who convened the Shadow Convention have said again and again that we're not interested in a third party. We see the Shadow Convention as helping to build a movement that will help bring about change from within the political system — the way, for example, the civil rights movement led to the Voting Rights Act, to legislative reforms that would not have happened without it.

ABCNEWS' Bettina Gregory at 6:55pm ET

Arianna, thanks for joining us.

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