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Third party candidates excluded from debate

Nick Reimann

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DENVER (AP) — The commission that oversees presidential debates has invited only Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to the first presidential debate. It excluded two third-party candidates who had hoped the event could help them talk directly to an electorate unhappy with the two front-runners.

The Commission on Presidential Debates said in a statement Friday that Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein were polling too low to qualify for the Sept. 26 event. The commission since 2000 has invited only candidates polling at 15 percent or above in an average of five polls. Johnson was at 8.4 percent and Stein at 3.2 percent.

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3 Responses to “Third party candidates excluded from debate”

  1. John Fitzgerald on September 25th, 2016 8:40 pm

    The Comission was created by Bob Strauss et al in the two parties to replace the League of Women Voters who has been too independent. A real Commission would include fact checking in real time and a summary at each half by groups like Politifacts. it might also enforce the rules of debate better than many moderators have,

    Reagan was coached by Stockman and Gergwn using Carte’r’s own briefing book purloined for them for that purpose so Reagan likes smarter in his rebuttals than he would have. So beware dirty tricks even in debates,

  2. John Fitzgerald on September 25th, 2016 8:42 pm

    Typos arise in mobile phone use so had became “has”.

  3. John Fitzgerald on September 25th, 2016 8:43 pm

    Again a typo — Reagan looked smarter than he would have.

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Third party candidates excluded from debate