Johnson/Weld To Be Excluded From Debate Stage


Despite a rise in the polls, up to 13 percent, and a majority of people in the U.S. wanting Gary Johnson to debate, Gary Johnson will not be included into the first presidential debate on September 26th, and Bill Weld will not be allowed into the vice presidential debate on October 4th.

Johnson has recently seen the benefit in an upward trend in poll numbers this past week, but his average stayed where it has been for the longest time: 8.4%.

According to the official statement by the debate commission, “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 in the September 26 presidential debate and October 4 vice-presidential debate, respectively. No other candidates satisfied the criteria for inclusion in the September 26 and October 4 debate. The criteria will be reapplied to all candidates in advance of the second and third presidential debates.”

The current poll numbers don’t disqualify Johnson from the second and third debates, and if he sees a rise in poll numbers, could be included in the debates on October 9th and 19th.

Johnson has previously noted that if he was left out of the debates, it would doom his campaign.

Johnson was endorsed by three newspapers, and many celebrities and political pundits of all parties and political affiliations believe that they should let Gary Johnson debate. These results will come at the dismay of all of these people, and the majority of the nation, who believes that third party candidates should be given the shot to have their voices heard, even if they’re not one of the top two candidates.

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  1. I am extremely disappointed that Gary Johnson will not be in the debates and think it’s CRUCIAL that his voice be heard. I understand that running a “conventional” campaign takes a huge amount of money. I have noted a number of people that are either outright supporters, or at least agree that his message needs to get out there that have vast resources (or at least more than the $10 I can afford to give), such as Mitt Romney, Arnold Schwarznegger, Drew Carey. Why will these folks not contribute, especially with two of the three mentioned having a deep understanding of the importance of finances in running an effective campaign? Perhaps they have, but without the debates, I would love to see enough campaign money to fund a TV commercial here or there to at least raise some more awareness? Bernie was raising CRAZY money $25 at a time, but was also in the media constantly. Why don’t we see more of Gary to get that momentum moving? I should note I live in North Carolina, and have never seen a single ad, which is not to say this isn’t happening in other places.

  2. That’s ludicrous and stupid this is huge evidence our political system is rigged I say we all pitch in and still vote for him I am that’s for sure you know he’s polling higher than Ross Perot averaged before he made debates they want to choose our candidates for us by having 2 parties which gives us an illusion of choice it’s all a game to them let’s end the game and join together and vote for him anyways it’s never a wasted vote to vote your conscience it is however a wasted vote to vote for someone cause there less worse than another candidate

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