No third-party candidates at first presidential debate


Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico, boasted Wednesday that he and his running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, are the only third-party candidates who will be on the ballot in all 50 states.

Though his most blistering attacks were reserved Trump, McQuaid hardly spared Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, calling her "a selfish, self-centered, sanctimonious prig". I love this country too much to let them take my vote; they need to earn it. Gary Johnson is an actual economic conservative and a social liberal.

The commission said in its release that both Stein and Johnson will be re-evaluated for entry to later debates.

Although he most likely will not be on the debate stage next Monday night, Mr. Johnson is on the ballot in all fifty states and could be the spoiler in this election.

The law doesn't specifically state that only major-party candidates can receive the briefings, but it does say they have to demonstrate a "significant level of public support" in national polls and be "realistically" considered contenders to be president and vice president.

Devoting more attention to third-party candidates isn't enough.

Candidates must meet selection criteria established by the Commission of Presidential Debates (CPD), a non-profit organization that says its mission is to "provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners".

Seventeen percent of respondents said they were undecided in that poll.

Green Party nominee Jill Stein. With a new round of national polls showing Hillary Clinton's lead over Donald Trump seemingly evaporating overnight, Libertarian Gary Johnson has suddenly turned into an attractive alternative for some voters.

Mr. Johnson's Real Clear Politics polling average is 9 percent. The commission since 2000 has invited only candidates polling at 15 percent or above in an average of five polls.

We the people have the right to make informed decisions about our country and that starts with the ability to weigh all of our options. Those figures are well below the 15 percent threshold needed to earn a spot on the stage.