By Saturday morning, more than 214,000 people had signed an online petition calling for the former host of “The Daily Show” to moderate one of the 2016 Presidential debates.

The petition at says Jon Stewart is “more than qualified” for the task and asks the Commission on Presidential Debates to request that Stewart host one of the three general election debates during next year’s campaign.Stephen Colbert at Desk-ComedyCentral

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Among those signing the petition, at least one Democratic candidate for President, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, who urged people through Twitter to support the petition.



“Mr. Stewart has interviewed 15 heads of state, 22 members of the United States Cabinet” and dozens of members of Congress, the petition reads, “while establishing himself as the most trusted person in (satirical) news.”

The petition is no joke. It highlights a way to get more American youth involved in the serious business of picking a candidate and voting in the 2016 primary elections.

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