Did you know that there is something called, “The Commission on Presidential Debates”? Did you also know that this Commission determines which Presidential candidates get to debate each other before the general election. More over, the Commission on Presidential Debates has a criterion that has excluded third party candidates from the debates since Ross Perot was invited in 1992. In order to be invited to a Presidential debate, a candidate must have a composite average of 15% of popular support from nationally administered polls. One problem with the requirement is that most national polling companies do not include any third party candidates as a choice in their polls. Another problem is how subjective the 15% requirement is. Why not 5% as a requirement? How about 1%? What about ballot access requirements as a criterion? If you are not included in a poll as a choice, then how can a candidate receive any show of public support, let alone 15%?
What are your thoughts?