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.
Relax A false choice: Commission keeps Gary Johnson out of presidential debate stories
A day after he learned he would be left out of the first presidential debate, Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson called it “a rigged game” as he campaigned on his platform of social liberalism and fiscal conservatism in downtown Seattle.
2016 presidential polls did not give Gary Johnson and Jill Stein enough leverage to get into the first Clinton vs. Trump debate. Here's how they poll overall.
"And if people want to run as third-party candidates, God bless them! Run for Congress. Run for governor. Run for state legislature. When we're talking about president of the United States ... this is not time for a protest vote."
Libertarian candidate fails to meet polling criteria.
No moderator. No outside questions. Just a clock, and two candidates explaining why they deserve to hold the highest elective office in the republic.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are at a virtual tie in a national poll released Thursday. The CBS News/New York Times poll of likely voters found that the Democratic nominee is just 2 points ahead of Trump in a two-way matchup (46%-44%.)
It’s another day of good news for Donald Trump in Ohio polling, with a boost in Iowa, too.
DONALD Trump is continuing his steady comeback in national polls in the US and has slashed Hillary Clinton’s lead in half, according to the latest survey.
It's Clinton's turn to have some problems with her base.
Donald Trump is ahead of Hillary Clinton in the key battleground states of Ohio, Florida and Nevada, according to new polls released Wednesday.