His answer was a clear "yes." But the real question is why?
According to Ambassador James K. Glassman it's because, "an independent, or third-party, candidate has not the slightest chance of getting to the White House or even seriously influencing the policies espoused by the two major party candidates."
In a column penned for RealClearPolitics, Glassman points the finger at Frank Fahrenkopf and Mike McCurry, co-chairs of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD), saying these men and the members of their board (listed here) refuse to give independent candidates a real chance to break through.
This is despite the fact that Americans are crying out for new policies and approaches to end the gridlock and restore health to American government. Need convincing? Just check out this video where people are asked, "how well do you think our two party system is working for us?"
You could also check out any number of recent polls along those same lines - take for example this one out of George Washington University in DC, which finds Americans' pessimism about the current state of the country extends to the field of candidates for the 2016 presidential race.
As the editors of USA Today point out, such a move would, "make it harder for the major-party candidates to stick to talking points and platitudes."
Instead, members stand by archaic hurdles that can only be cleared by a Democrat and a Republican. And we all know if you can't get into the debates, you can't get elected president.
I'll close with another quote from Glassman's piece that is spot on:
"America does indeed want independent and third-party candidates to run for president. It is a corrupt and closed system that denies them the choice. That system can be changed tomorrow if patriotically inclined members of the CPD prevail over the partisans."