Third-party candidates Jill Stein, Gary Johnson didn't make first presidential debate

The Commission on Presidential Debates have confirmed Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein will not share the stage with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for the highly anticipated first presidential debate.

The Republican and Democratic candidates registered between 39 and 42 percent in each poll concluding September 11 or afterward, and Johnson, the Libertarian party's nominee, pulled at least eight percent in five of the seven countrywide surveys.

According to the average of five recently conducted national polls, Clinton had 43 percent and Trump 40.4 percent, while Johnson had 8.4 percent and Stein 3.2 percent.

The Commission on Presidential Debates said that only Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump met the threshold for inclusion in the debate.

Johnson's running mate, former MA governor Bill Weld, will not take part in the vice-presidential debate, which will be contested by Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia on 4 October. The presidential debates should include all candidates who are on enough ballots to be able to win the presidency.

Johnson's ad in the Times was used to publicize a letter to the debate commission, arguing national polls should not be the sole determining factor in which candidates are included in the debates.

Dr Stein, who has struggled to make a serious mark on the campaign, was recently charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief for spray-painting a bulldozer during an environmental protest in North Dakota.

Johnson's advertisement follows a recent announcement that his campaign will be on the ballot in all 50 US states, the only candidate outside of Clinton and Trump to make that claim.

The commission said in its release that both Stein and Johnson will be re-evaluated for entry to later debates.

The next big test for Johnson's candidacy is whether or not he can make the debate stage, a goal that now looks unlikely under the rules for inclusion as determined by the Commission on Presidential Debates. There are more polls and more debates, and we plan to be on the debate stage in October.

NBC's Lester Holt will moderate the first debate on September 26. The Johnson and Stein campaigns were also not invited to participate in the October 4 vice presidential debate.

"Yet, the Republicans and Democrats are choosing to silence the candidate preferred by those millions of Americans".

This time, the CPD, which has been in charge of orchestrating the Presidential debates since the late 1980s, said in a statement that it would abide, instead, by its traditional rules.

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