Starting at the end of September, we will have three presidential debates and one vice-presidential debate that will continue through the month of October.
- The first Presidential debate is on September 26 at Hofstra University. The problem here is this is a monday night, which means it will most definitely conflict with the NFL’s Monday Night Football on ESPN.
- The first VP debate will occur on October 4th, which is on a Tuesday night.
- The second Presidential debate is on October 9th, which is on a Sunday night.
- The last Presidential debate is on October 19th, which is on Wednesday night.
In order to quality for the debate, candidates must have an average of 15% in the polls. The presidential debate commission has announced which polls it will use to determine the averages for each of the candidates in mid-September:
WASHINGTON TIMES – The Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Monday the five polls it will use to determine which candidates receive invitations to the upcoming debates in September and October.
The national polls that will be used to determine eligibility for the three presidential debates are the ABC-Washington Post, CBS-New York Times, CNN-Opinion Research Corporation, Fox News and NBC-Wall Street Journal polls.
The commission said the criteria will be applied in “mid-September,” and that it will use “the average of those organizations’ most recent publicly-reported results at the time of the determination.”
While Trump and Hillary are almost certainly guaranteed to be in the debate, it doesn’t look so good for Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. Here is the current running averages from the month of August for each candidate: