Clinton says yes to three debates which may include third-party candidate

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has agreed to appear on stage with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for a series of three debates set to begin on September 26.

Although Mr. Trump has agreed to debate the former Secretary, his campaign has stated it is concerned with the dates, which conflict with two National Football League games.

The three nationally-televised debates set by the Commission on Presidential Debates are set for September 26 at Hofstra University, October 9 at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri, and October 19 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

On October 4, 2016, the two vice-presidential candidates, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence, will meet at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, for their only scheduled debate.

Commission producers have also instructed the debate sites to make room for a third podium in case one of the two major third-party candidates qualifies to make the stage by meeting the 15 percent polling threshold, although co-chair Frank Fahrenkopf said there is some wiggle room for a candidate who comes up just short of that number but is within the margin of error in a majority of the five polls used to determine eligibility.

Currently, the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson, is polling at a national average of 8.7 percent, while Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein sits at 3.8 percent.


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