CNN Will Let Biden Debate Even If He Declares His Candidacy That Day

CNN will allow Vice President Joe Biden to participate in the first Democratic presidential debate on Oct. 13, even if he declares his candidacy as late as the day of the debate, according to criteria released Monday.

CNN’s criteria states a candidate must “file a statement of candidacy or publicly state that a statement of candidacy will be filed with the Federal Election Commission by Oct. 14, 2015” and reach an average of 1 percent support in recognized polls from Aug. 1 to Oct. 10.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chaffee have received invitations to the debate in Las Vegas, Nevada.

ANN anchor Anderson Cooper will serve as debate moderator.

Here’s the full criteria, per CNN:

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