Third-party candidates miss cut for first debate

Both have railed against the commission’s criteria, saying that it unfairly limited voters’ options in an election cycle where the two major-party nominees are both historically disliked.


In an interview with The Des Moines Register earlier this month, Johnson said that even though his poll numbers are low compared to Clinton’s and ‘s, the results show he is supported by millions of people.


It’s still possible Johnson or Stein could be invited to the presidential debates scheduled for Oct. 9 and Oct. 19, but they would have to attract more support in polls.


“After all, the Commission is a private organization created 30 years ago by the Republican and Democratic parties for the clear purpose of taking control of the only nationally-televised presidential debates voters will see. At the time of its creation, the leaders of those two parties made no effort to hide the fact that they didn’t want any third party intrusions into their shows.”


The commission required that candidates register an average of 15 percent support in five recent polls the commission had selected. Johnson and Stein both failed to meet that threshold for the first presidential and only vice presidential debate on the schedule.



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