Kennedy Jr. Struggles To Meet Debate Qualifications

Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is racing against time to meet the qualifications for the upcoming debate on June 27th. According to CNN, candidates must poll at 15% or higher in four national polls and have confirmed ballot access in states totaling at least 270 electoral votes. Kennedy has met the polling requirement in three national surveys but currently only has verified ballot access for 89 electoral votes. His campaign claims to have gathered enough signatures for 292 electoral votes, though some states are slow in verifying these petitions.

Kennedy’s campaign has accused the major party candidates, Trump and Biden, of manipulating the debate rules to limit his participation. Despite significant efforts, the campaign is facing delays in ballot verification that might prevent him from qualifying for the debate. Libertarian candidate Chase Oliver and presumptive Green Party nominee Jill Stein have met the electoral vote threshold but have not reached the necessary polling numbers. CNN has also outlined that the debate will have a 90-minute duration, restricted commercial breaks, and no interactions between candidates and their staff during the debate.

Kennedy’s supporters emphasize the importance of his participation in the debate to ensure a diverse and comprehensive discussion of national issues. They argue that the current rules unfairly disadvantage third-party candidates and limit voter choice. The debate will take place in Atlanta, Georgia, and will be moderated by Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, who will enforce strict rules, including muting candidates’ microphones when it is not their turn to speak. The second debate, set for September 10th, will be hosted by ABC, offering another platform for candidates to present their viewpoints to the electorate.