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Q&A: Why isn’t Gary Johnson included in the Republican Debate?

The Bloomberg/Washington Post Republican Presidential Debate is Tuesday, Oct 11 at 8 p.m. ET in Hanover, N.H. Post readers can also watch it on and follow the discussion on Twitter using the hash tag #EconDebate.

Several readers have contacted Ask The Post to ask about the criteria for participating in the debate.

Q: Why isn’t Gary Johnson included in the Republican debate?

A: from Kevin Merida, National editor: He didn't meet the criteria threshold, which includes percentage of support in national polls and money raised.

What’s the criteria?

Candidates had to meet all of the following criteria in order to be invited to participate in the Republican Presidential Candidates Debate sponsored by Bloomberg News, the Washington Post, WBIN and Dartmouth:

1) Received measurable popular support in a range of national polls.

2) Campaign reported at least half a million dollars raised in its FEC filing through the 2011 second quarter reporting period.

3) Is a legally qualified candidate for the Republican nomination for president.

4) Participated in at least three nationally televised Republican presidential debates during the 2012 election cycle.

Have questions for Post editors? Submit them here or on Twitter using the hash tag #askthepost .

More on the debate:

Election 2012: Republican debate: Five things to watch

2012 Unfiltered:What does the economy look like where you live?

Republican debate: Where and when you can find it


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