Petition To Make Jon Stewart A Presidential Debate Moderator Is Growing Fast

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A petition to make Jon Stewart a presidential debate moderator is currently the fastest growing on

The petition, which asks the Commission on Presidential Debates to consider Jon Stewart as a moderator for one of the three major 2016 presidential debates, has garnered more than 81,400 signatures.

Most of the petition's signatures were added in the last day. Just yesterday morning, the petition stood at 6,000 signatures. Since then it's seen an increase of more than 1200%.

Stewart was awarded the Peabody Award -- which recognizes distinguished and meritorious public service by American radio and television stations -- for The Daily Show's "Indecision" coverage of the 2000 and 2004 presidential races.

Mariel Waters, the petition starter, cites the awards as one of the reasons Stewart is qualified to moderate a debate, along with his experience interviewing "15 heads of state, 22 members of the United States Cabinet, 32 members of the United States Senate, 7 members of the United States House of Representatives, and scores of other political leaders from this country and around the world" on The Daily Show.

Waters told a New Jersey radio station that the idea for her petition came from to two petitions she saw in 2012 that called on Stewart to moderate a presidential debate. While those petitions didn't win, another petition about a presidential debate moderator did win and that gives Waters hope.

During the last presidential election cycle, three high school students -- Emma Axelrod, Sammi Siegel, and Elena Tsemberis -- started a petition asking for a woman to moderate a presidential debate after learning that a woman hadn't moderated a U.S. general election presidential debate since 1992.

After generating more than 180,000 signatures across two petitions, the girls achieved victory when the Commission on Presidential Debates announced that Candy Crowley would moderate the second presidential debate.

The Commission on Presidential Debates was established in 1987 to sponsor and produce debates while ensuring that debates provide the best possible information to viewers. Moderators, locations, and dates for the 2016 general election debates have not been announced yet.

Think someone else should be moderating the debates? Start your own petition now.


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