Open up the debates

Friday, June 3, 2016

Hearing diverse viewpoints is beneficial for voters, but the Republican and Democratic establishments and, unfortunately, much of the media establishment want to restrict political debate and even ridicule those who have views outside of the mainstream.

The current requirement that a candidate must get at least 15 percent of the votes in five different polls is an unnecessarily high standard for participation in the presidential debates. This is an arbitrary number set by a private company that was given control of the presidential debates by the Republican Party, the Democratic Party and the media.

However, even that bar might be reached by one or more third party candidates if they are actually included in the polling.

Both Ron Johnson, nominee of the Libertarian Party, and Jill Stein, probable nominee of the Green Party, deserve to be included in the polling.