Who Benefits if Gary Johnson Takes the Debate Stage?

Gary Johnson, taking more voters from Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump, aims for shocker via The Oregonian PHOTO: Gage Skidmore/cc2/flickr

Gary Johnson, taking more voters from Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump, aims for shocker
via The Oregonian

PHOTO: Gage Skidmore/cc2/flickr

How Presidential ‘Non-Opinion’ Polls Drive Down Third Party Numbers And Facilitate Debate Exclusion via The Huffington Post

How Presidential ‘Non-Opinion’ Polls Drive Down Third Party Numbers And Facilitate Debate Exclusion
via The Huffington Post

Can Gary Johnson take advantage of the two parties' historically unpopular nominees? via Vox

Can Gary Johnson take advantage of the two parties' historically unpopular nominees?
via Vox

Let Gary Johnson Debate Clinton and Trump via National Review

Let Gary Johnson Debate Clinton and Trump
via National Review

THE BASICS: Douglas Perry of The Oregonian writes that since the latest polls appear to show that third-party presidential candidate Gary Johnson is taking votes from Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump would benefit most from his appearance on the debate stage. Whereas Sam Husseini of the Huffington Post argues that bad polling is holding Johnson back from the 15% mark that would allow him into the debates. Tara Golshan of Vox says that since there's no chance of Johnson winning, support for him amounts to support for the abstract concept of a third party candidate. While Michael Tanner of the National Review writes that fair and just democracy as a whole benefits from Johnson debating Clinton and Trump.