The divisive and rancouress presidential election has left many befuddled as to who they should cast their vote for. Man have looked for alternatives in the form of Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Johnson has been attempting to breach the 15% polling number in order to qualify for the debates. While many polls indicate he hovers around 12% a debate commission has shown otherwise.
A private run Commission on Presidential Debates announced Friday that Johnson will be excluded from the debates because he does not qualify. They allege he is polling around 9% nationally, his highest being 13% in Colorado. The board is made up of reported high ranking democrats and republicans.
The Commisaion released the following statement,
“With the assistance of Dr. Newport, the Board determined that the polling averages called for in the third criterion are as follows: Hillary Clinton (43%), Donald Trump (40.4%), Gary Johnson (8.4%) and Jill Stein (3.2%). Accordingly, Hillary Clinton and her running mate, Tim Kaine, and Donald Trump and his running mate, Mike Pence, qualify to participate … The criteria will be reapplied to all candidates in advance of the second and third presidential debates.
The very first debate, which will include Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, is set to take place on Spetember 26th at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
Some are justifiably upset about this revelation while others view third party candidates as a fruitless and meaningless vote that is wasted. But it never is bad to have an extra voice of reason.