Thousands are asking Jon Stewart to moderate a 2016 presidential debate

'Jon Stewart is more than qualified to tackle the moderating job'

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The Independent Online

Jon Stewart may have recently ended his 16-year run as the host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, but his fans are ready for him to return to the spotlight.

“We ask that the Commission on Presidential Debates consider and provide the opportunity to Mr Stewart to host one of the three major presidential debates directly preceding the 2016 election,” the petition reads.

The campaign was created more than two weeks ago but has picked up steam over the past 24 hours. Muriel Waters, the petition's creator, listed Stewart’s Peabody Awards from 2000 and 2004 along with many years interviewing prominent figures in US politics as clear proof that he's more than qualified.

“Mr Stewart has interviewed 15 heads of state, 22 members of the United States Cabinet, 32 members of the United States Senate, 7 members of the United States House of Representatives, and scores of other political leaders from this country and around the world while establishing himself as the most trusted person in (satirical) news.”

Out of the public eye since wrapping up his show on 6 August, CNN reported that Stewart will be hosting the WWE's SummerSlam this Sunday.

Representatives for Stewart and the Commission on Presidential Debates have not yet responded to The Independent's request for comment.