Originally Posted by cosmo20002
Actually, it is this group that makes the rules. http://debates.org/
I find it fairly ridiculous for people to suggest that candidates polling in the low single digits deserve to move on to the championship round with the big boys. No matter what merits they might have, and no matter what obstacles are in the way, at the end of the day it is a popularity contest and they simply are not in a position to win it. It's not like it is impossible to qualify; others have done it.
Debates are not popularity contests, they are exchanges of ideas. There is no reason why candidates with ballot access shouldn't be invited to participate.