Activists File Lawsuit to Force Presidential Debate Changes

(Bloomberg) -- Group ‘Level the Playing Field’ and the Green and Libertarian parties say Commission on Presidential Debates’ rules governing who can participate in general-election debates are too restrictive.

* Lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for D.C., seeks to

direct FEC to find debate commission rules violate law; open

new rule-making process to allow broader participation * CPD rules require participants be qualified for office, on

ballot in enough states to get 270 electoral votes, poll

~15% or higher in weeks nearing debate *

* Groups say polling requirement effectively locks out

other candidates * NOTE: No one other than Democratic, Republican nominee has

qualified for debate since 1992, when Ross Perot did Read more

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