It’s finally happening!
The US election cycle is well into its final 100 days and the debates are on their way. But the surprises are far from over. According to recent reports, the venues selected to host the debates are making plans for a third podium indicating that the debate may not just be between Clinton and Trump.
This is big news.
The 2016 election season in the US may very well be one of the most divisive in the history of the country. The nomination process revealed the deep-seated divisions even within the supporters of a single political party. Bernie Sanders, defying all expectations, came extremely close to securing the nomination. And the Republican Party still seems to be adjusting to the fact that Donald Trump, who is technically an outsider, is their presidential nomination. But despite the highs and the lows, two candidates finally emerged as the only forerunners of this year’s presidential race.
Or did they?
Recent reports suggest that Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson is silently garnering considerable support among many voters across states. Survey data suggests that Johnson is currently polling more than double digits in such state. Although this is not nearly enough to make him a serious presidential candidate, it is more than enough for him to be part of the conversation.
And that is what the organizers of the debate may have in mind. Even though nothing is finalized yet, the possibility of three-person presidential debates is much closer to being a reality than ever before.
Right now, in order to be eligible for the debates, a candidate must score at least 15 percent in national polling average. Johnson is somewhere around 8 to 9 percent. Would that be enough to earn him a third podium on the stage?
We can only wait and see.