It might come as a surprise that Gary Johnson is not upset that the presidential debate commission has a minimum polling requirement, that’s not his main beef with the commission.
Gary Johnson break it down for Rolling Stone:
Yes. The Presidential Debate Commission says that you have to be at 15 percent in the polls to be in the presidential debates. I have never had an issue with being at a certain level in the polls — my issue has always been being in the polls. On Wednesday, for example, Fox had me in a national poll at 10 percent. Monmouth had me at 11 percent in a national poll against Hillary and Trump.
If Mickey Mouse was the third name in a presidential poll, Mickey would be at 30 percent, because Mickey is a known entity. But Mickey is not on the ballot in all 50 states, and, if I’m the Libertarian nominee, I’m going to be the only one to lay claim to that. You could have all the money in the world, but starting today, you would not be able to get on the ballot in all 50 states.
That’s Gary’s problem, most polls ignore that he even exist. Gary Johnson could be very close to that 15% threshold and whether or not he crosses it will have a huge impact on the election. The dynamic of the debates will change completely with Johnson in the mix. He is currently aggressively attacking both Clinton and Trump as big government cronies. It’s not clear who he will take more votes from but early polling indicates that Hillary is hurt most when he is included in the polls.
Inclusion in the debates will drastically increase Johnson’s influence over the election.