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CNN criteria would allow Joe Biden to join Democratic debate if he announces

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will be invited to participate in the first Democratic presidential primary debate if he declares his intention to run, even if that declaration happens as late as the day of the debate.

Candidate eligibility criteria released by CNN on Monday explained that candidates will receive an invitation to the debate if they; fulfill constitutional requirements, file or publicly state their intention to file a Statement of Candidacy with the Federal Election Commission, and achieve an average of at least one percent in a combination of three national polls released between August 1 and October 10.

The criteria clear the way for Biden to participate in the two-hour debate, even if he does not announce his candidacy for president until the day of the debate, which is scheduled to take place on October 13 at the Wynn Las Vegas in Nevada. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was previously announced as the debate's moderator, with additional questions being asked by correspondent Dana Bash, anchor Juan Carlos Lopez, and anchor Don Lemon.

Biden is still considering whether to join the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, although he previously said he does not yet know when he will be able to make a decision. Nonetheless, with increasing speculation about a Biden run, the vice president has risen in the polls in recent weeks. In a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released on Sunday, Hillary Clinton led the Democratic field with 42 percent, followed by Bernie Sanders with 35 percent and Biden at third with 17 percent.

So far, Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley, Bernie Sanders, and Jim Webb have been invited to the October 13 debate.

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