Candidates must achieve an average of at least 1 percent of support in three recognized national polls before Sept. 10 to be included in the CNN/Reagan Library presidential debate. “Debates are a crucial part of the election process, and I’m thrilled that so many qualified candidates have the opportunity to be heard at the Reagan Presidential Library,” Nancy Reagan, the widow of President Ronald Reagan, said.
CNN said it would divide the debate into two sessions, each having its own set of candidates, the details of which would be announced later. Unlike the previous debate on Fox News, the two sessions on CNN will be back-to-back. According to an average of all the recent polls by RealClearPolitics, Jindal, with just 1.2 percent, is currently ranked 14th among the 17 Republican presidential candidates.