130K People Want Jon Stewart to Moderate a 2016 Debate

Even POTUS candidate Martin O'Malley has signed the petition
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2015 1:26 AM CDT
Next Presidential Debate Moderator: Jon Stewart?
Jon Stewart poses for a portrait in promotion of his film "Rosewater" in New York last year.   (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

Jon Stewart is hosting World Wrestling Entertainment's SummerSlam this weekend, which could be valuable experience for another job people want him to do: presidential debate moderator. A Change.org petition urging the Commission on Presidential Debates to have the former Daily Show host moderate one of the three major debates ahead of the general election is picking up steam and now has more than 130,000 signatures, CNN reports. Petition starter Mariel Waters says Stewart is a trusted and popular figure who has interviewed 15 heads of state and "scores of other political leaders from this country and around the world."

"Many in the US believe Jon Stewart shares their worldview and values," the petition states, citing a Reuters poll that found more than 50% of Americans agree with him on "some or most" issues. Martin O'Malley, who would like to see the Democrats have more than six presidential debates, announced on Twitter last night that he has signed the petition. An O'Malley spokeswoman tells the Washington Post that the former Maryland governor is a Daily Show fan and that a "Jon Stewart-moderated debate would be more informative than the Trump-dominated GOP sideshow that's going unanswered, so he's game." (More Jon Stewart stories.)

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