Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said on Sunday the percentage of popular support that each candidate needs to participate in the presidential debates for the general election is “probably too high,” The Hill reports.
Sen. Sanders famously challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, and formally endorsed Clinton after he ended his campaign shortly before the Democratic National Convention in July.
Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein have both been actively trying to raise their average polling numbers in order to be included in the upcoming presidential debates.
Johnson and Stein have had moderate success when it comes to making the ballot in key battleground states, such as Virginia, Ohio, and Florida. The other third-party candidates, Darrell Castle and Rocky De La Fuente, have not had as much success on ballot access as Johnson and Stein.
Meanwhile, Evan McMullin, an independent candidate from Utah, is now on the ballot in several different states. McMullin has successfully reached out to the base of several traditional Republican voters who are not comfortable voting for Donald Trump.
McMullin has also reportedly stated that he wishes to debate both Stein and Johnson. However, his late entrance into the race has cost him ballot access in some states. Currently, both Castle and De La Fuente are on the ballot in more states that McMullin.
In order to qualify for the general election presidential debates, each candidate must achieve an average of 15 percent in polls conducted by ABC/Washington Post, CBS/New York Times, CNN/Opinion Research Corporation, Fox News and NBC/Wall Street Journal.