After Conservative Furor, CNN CHANGES Debate Criteria, Carly Fiorina Campaign Responds!
After many conservatives complained that the CNN debate criteria would keep Carly Fiorina out even though she did amazingly well in the first GOP debate, it appears they’ve relented and she’ll be joining the big stage.
CNN is amending the criteria for its Republican presidential debate on September 16, possibly opening the door for Carly Fiorina to join the other top-tier candidates on the stage.
The cause: a lack of national public polling following the August 6 debate has so far provided only three new polls to determine the lineup for the Reagan Presidential Debate, according to a CNN statement.
As a result, CNN reevaluated its criteria and decided to add a provision that better reflects the state of the race since the first Republican presidential debate in August, the network announced Tuesday.
Now, any candidate who ranks in the top 10 in polling between August 6 and September 10 will be included.
The adjustment may result in additional candidates joining the top-tier debate, but the final podium placements will not be known until the eligibility window closes on September 10.
The Carly Campaign responded happily:
We’re so grateful to the thousands of grassroots supporters and conservative activists around the country who weren’t afraid to take on the political establishment and challenge the status quo to make this happen
Fiorina isn’t my pick for the nomination yet, but she’s such an awesome speaker, I think she deserves more attention, and I’m glad she’s getting it.