The ninth candidate: Gary Johnson to attend Fox News debate this week

Chris Moody

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, one of the lesser-known Republican presidential candidates, will participate in Thursday's debate in Orlando, Fla., The Daily Beast reports:

"The former New Mexico governor won the right to participate, according to Fox sources, by cracking 1 percent in the latest five national polls in which he was included—Fox News, CNN, McClatchy-Marist, ABC, and Quinnipiac—which was the criterion the network had set for inclusion."

Johnson, a Republican with libertarian leanings, participated in the first Republican debate in South Carolina in May but was excluded from the debates throughout the summer.

After a CNN debate in June, Johnson's campaign posted a 40-minute video with him answering each question.