The way it looks now, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the two most disliked presidential nominees since favorability polls began, are going to be the only participants in the upcoming debates. Even though the petition to include Gary Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s nominee, in the presidential debates has received almost 600,000 online signatures, the Commission on Presidential Debates is saying no-go to Mr. Johnson—not until Mr. Johnson, or any other candidate, averages at least 15% in five national polls.
A more balanced approach is needed, writes Ron Faucheux in the WSJ. Why not give voters more information on the available choices?
The likelihood now is that millions of voters will be voting for someone they don’t think should be president, notes Michael Tanner, senior fellow at the Cato Institute. “Overall, 57 percent of voters say that they are dissatisfied with both candidates, including 31 percent who are ‘very dissatisfied.’ Only 13 percent report that they are “very satisfied” with their choice.”
“Unfortunately, unless something changes between now and November,” Mr. Tanner writes, “the only mandate our next president will have is to not be Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.”