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08-09-2016, 12:34 PM
Clinton-Trump debate sites plan for a third podium

The venues that will host the presidential debates are drawing up plans for a three-person forum that would provide a lectern for a third-party candidate to stand on stage next to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The directive comes from producers working for the Commission on Presidential Debates and it’s meant, they say, to force the university hosts to be prepared and not as a reflection of the state of the race. But it could give supporters of Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein hope as they push an alternative to the historically unpopular major party nominees.

“With [former Gov.] Gary Johnson polling in some places more than double digits, they might have, some of our production people may have said, ‘Just in case, you need to plan out what that might look like,’” Commission on Presidential Debates co-chair and former Bill Clinton White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry told POLITICO. "We won’t know the number of invitations we extend until mid-September."

To participate in one of the four general-election debates (three for president, one for vice president), candidates must be eligible for the presidency and "appear on a sufficient number of state ballots to have a mathematical chance of winning a majority vote in the Electoral College,” the commission announced last year. They also must have a level of support nationally of at least 15 percent as "determined by five selected national public opinion polling organizations, using the average of those organizations' most recently publicly-reported results at the time of the determination."

Johnson is hovering around 8.8 percent in national polls, according to RealClearPolitics’ average, whereas Stein, when included in polling, is at around 3.8 percent. Despite being below the 15 percent cutoff, there might be some flexibility in getting someone like Johnson on stage. Frank Fahrenkopf, McCurry’s Republican counterpart and co-chair on the commission, told CNBC last week that the commission may “consider giving an inch” to a third-party candidate if he or she is close enough to the cutoff point.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/debates-clinton-trump-johnson-stein-226806

r3volution 3.0
08-09-2016, 12:49 PM
How would they place them I wonder?

Gary in the center would be logical, but too much to hope for.

Hillary, Trump, Gary - left to right by polling?

Or Gary behind a Wizard of Oz curtain at the back of the stage?

08-09-2016, 01:00 PM
Here is how it looked in 1992:



08-09-2016, 02:20 PM
Where's Weld going to stand?

r3volution 3.0
08-09-2016, 02:51 PM
^^^He's an excellent speaker (better than Gary in fact), should do well in the VP debate.

08-09-2016, 03:21 PM
Hillary in the center on the off chance this happens. She is a stand-in for the incumbent President/party and should get it from both sides.

William Tell
08-09-2016, 03:23 PM
Where's Weld going to stand?

Behind Johnson.

Maybe in front, who knows really.

RJ Liberty
08-10-2016, 03:26 AM
I suspect Clinton will stand in the middle. We'll see if it happens...

08-10-2016, 02:38 PM
GJ is definitely trending up. The more they talk about him, the more he goes up in polls and the more they talk about him.