CNN today announced its criteria for Democratic candidates appearing in the first primary debate, making it clear that Vice President Joe Biden is invited to the political parley.
With criteria less discriminating than for its GOP debate, CNN will allow any candidate who has received an average of 1 percent or above in 3 recognized polls between Aug. 1 and Oct. 10.
As things currently stand, that means that candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee are all invited to participate, as well as Biden, who has yet to formally announce whether he intends to run.
CNN also plans to introduce a new feature to this round of political debate: virtual reality. Last week the network announced that it will be streaming the Oct. 13 debate in “full 3D immersive virtual reality.”
In partnership with NextVR, a virtual reality tech company, CNN’s new venture will offer viewers the opportunity to completely immerse themselves in the glamorous, sexy world of presidential primary debates.
“Users are able to hold a gaze on a particular candidate, catch off-screen interactions and more,” according to a press release. “Each and every viewer has a seat in the room and a new perspective on presidential debates.”
Admittedly, it would have been amazing if CNN had introduced this feature during the last Republican debate, but I will take what I get and be happy with it. Hopefully, we will have the pleasure of watching Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden in glorious 3D.