Third-party candidates face uphill climb to get place on presidential debate stage

Why is it okay to have more than 10 people participating in the GOP (Democrats have done the same in past elections) debates but it’s wrong to have more than 2 people debating in the general? It’s called a rigged system. And it’s how they monopolize the political process. And it’s undemocratic:

Disaffected voters in both parties are calling for alternatives to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the race to the White House, but third-party and independent candidates face a steep climb to just get on the general election debate stage.The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) requires that candidates poll at 15 percent in five national surveys leading up to the three scheduled debates and that they garner enough spots on state ballots to chart a path to the White House.

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