- The Washington Times - Monday, September 28, 2015

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. would be allowed to participate in next month’s Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas if he declares his candidacy as late as Oct. 13, the day of the debate, according to participation criteria announced Monday by CNN.

In order to qualify, candidates must have an average of 1 percent in three polls recognized by CNN, which is hosting the debate, released between Aug. 1 and Oct. 10.

The five declared Democratic candidates — former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee — have been invited to participate.

Mr. Biden, who has not yet indicated his 2016 plans, has met the polling criteria and would need to either file necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission or declare his intention to do so in order to get onstage, according to the debate criteria.

Though not a candidate, Mr. Biden is third behind Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Sanders in the latest RealClearPolitics average on the 2016 Democratic nominating contest.

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