Over 16 years as host of “The Daily Show,” comedian Jon Stewart transitioned himself from wisecracking stand-up comic to one of the nation’s leading voices on politics and culture.

It didn’t take long for fans to miss Stewart after he retired from the program earlier this month, as over 100,000 have signed a petition for him to moderate a presidential debate.

“Jon Stewart is more than qualified to tackle the moderating job. 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,” the petition states.

According to the petition, “a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll reported that 52.1% of respondents agree that Mr. Stewart ‘generally shares [their] view of the world’ on ‘some or most issues.'”

By Thursday night, the petition was well on its way to reaching its goal of 150,000 signatures.

For those skeptical of this petition having any impact, look no further than to the 2012 debates, when a similar petition lobbied for a woman to moderate a debate for the first time since 1992. Later that year, CNN’s Candy Crowley would be tapped to moderate a debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Douglas Barclay is a Senior Editor at Rare. Follow him on Twitter @douglabarclay17
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