Former NM gov Johnson not in presidential debates

Oct 3, 2012

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson says there's no hope a judge will allow him to participate in Wednesday night's presidential debate.

Johnson is running as the Libertarian Party candidate for president. He sued the Commission on Presidential Debates last month in federal court to try to force them to admit him to the debates.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Johnson conceded Tuesday there's no chance he'll be on the stage in Denver with President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. He still hopes he'll be allowed to participate in two additional debates.

The commission only invites candidates who polling shows have at least 15 percent support among voters.