A false choice: Commission keeps Gary Johnson out of presidential debate

I was disappointed to learn that the Commission on Presidential Debates has excluded Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, but not surprised. The CPD is a private organization founded and run by the Democratic and Republican parties. The League of Women Voters, which previously organized presidential debates, withdrew in 1988 after the major party campaigns insisted on debate rules that would “perpetrate a fraud on the American voter.” The CPD has continued to present voters with a false choice ever since.

An arbitrary 15 percent polling requirement was instituted by the CPD in 2000, and since then has only been used to exclude candidates — no one has met it yet. In a recent USA Today poll, only 17 percent of voters thought that being on the majority of ballots was not a sufficient qualification to be in the presidential debates. Johnson is on the ballot in all 50 states.

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