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Let America See Bob Barr Debate Those Other Two Bores!

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According to a Zogby poll, 55 percent of likely voters want Libertarian candidate Bob Barr included in the presidential debates:

Should Bob Barr Be Included in Presidential Debates?

Men

Women

Big City Dwellers

Suburban Dwellers

Married

Single

Yes

60%

52%

56%

54%

54%

61%

No

35%

36%

35%

36%

36%

34%

Not sure

5%

12%

9%

10%

10%

5%

Thirty-nine percent of Dems and 41 percent of GOPpers do not want the former Georgia congressman to horn in on their parade.

Sadly, Barr has no shot of getting in the debates, which are run by the Commission on Presidential Debates, "a private non-profit corporation that has organized debates in the last several presidential election cycles."

The CPD requires that to be included in their debates, candidates must appear on enough state ballots to have a mathematical chance of winning a majority of Electoral College votes, and must be winning at least 15% support in national public opinion polls before the debates.

In this latest Zogby Interactive poll, Bob Barr won 6% support.

More here.

Screw 'em! Here's a different rule to consider: Any candidate whose polling covers the spread between the two leaders should be allowed to bore Americans to death on national TV just as much as the major-party candidates.

Not that Barr would be boring. Take a gander at him (and Mike Gravel, Vern McKinley, and Wayne Allyn Root) here: