The venues hosting the three presidential debates in Las Vegas, St. Louis and Long Island, New York have been told to prepare for three podiums on their stages… just in case.
Officials are anticipating that Libertarian Gary Johnson, who is currently polling at 8.8 percent on national average, might just squeak out enough support in the polls that he would be eligible to join Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on the debate stage.
The rules are that a candidate must average 15 percent nationally in five polls, in order to be invited to participate in the debates. The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced they may even fudge on that number a little.
“If someone came in and let’s say he was at 14.5 percent and the margin of error in five polls was 3 points, we are going to have to sit down and look at it… but right now that person would not be included,” Commission co-chair Frank Fahrenkopf told Politico.
Green Party nominee Jill Stein is currently polling at 3.8 percent nationally.
Gary Johnson thinks he definitely belongs on the debate stage. He issued a Twitter post Tuesday, saying, “There SHOULD be a 3rd podium on the stage.”
Trump and the RNC has voiced displeasure over the scheduling of the debates. Two of the three debates are scheduled for the same night as NFL games, which will affect viewership of the debates. The debate commission said it did the best it could, and has not offered any alternative solution.
The presidential debates are scheduled as follows:
Sept. 26 New York – Hofstra University
Oct. 9 St. Louis – Washington University
Oct. 19 Las Vegas – University of Nevada