Political Parties Let Minor Party Candidates Debate? or Only Allow Serious Contenders?

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Let Minor Party Candidates Debate? or Only Allow Serious Contenders?

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The Commission on Presidential Debates, an independent, nonpartisan group, sets strict rules to determine who may take part in the debates. Only candidates who score an average of at least I 5 percent support in five national polls are invited. Candidates also must have qualified to appear on ballots in States that, taken together, add up to the 270 electoral votes necessary to win the presidency. In 2004, several minor party candidates, led by Ralph Nader, sued unsuccessfully to demand new rules.

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Created: Apr 13, 2017

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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