Skip to comments.'Disservice': Pundits, Politicians Frustrated Fiorina Left Off NH Debate Stage
Posted on 02/04/2016 1:48:08 PM PST by Kaslin
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina feels ill-treated after being left off the debate stage this weekend in New Hampshire - and some in the media agree with her.
"Our debate process is broken," Fiorina said Wednesday in a letter to the Republican National Committee (RNC), which is partnering with ABC News to host the debate. "Networks are making up these debate rules as they go along -- not to be able to fit candidates on the stage -- but arbitrarily to decide which candidates make for the best TV in their opinion.â
Her campaign released an email Thursday morning asking supporters to sign a petition demanding her presence in Manchester:
On our end, we're doing all we can to make sure we get on that stage: but we need your signature on this petition to amplify our voice tremendously.
Every single signature matters—and will help prove that the American people believe every candidate should have a chance to debate, not just those blessed by party bosses and media executives.
Last time they tried to keep us off stage, you helped me fight back—and we won. Will you make that happen again?
Fiorina is one of only two candidates who wonât be answering ABC News' questions this Saturday - the other being former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore. By the network's standards, candidates had to finish in the top three in the Iowa caucuses, place in the top six in an average of New Hampshire polls, or land in the top six of national GOP polls. While Fiorina did not meet any of these three criteria, she has made a few good points to justify her presence nonetheless. For starters, she beat Governors Christie and Kasich in Iowa Monday night and New Hampshire polling has placed her higher than Ben Carson. She had just one delegate in Iowa, but that was one more than Christie.
Pundits and politicians think the former Hewlett Packard CEO has a point. Chuck Todd, for instance, agreed with Fiorina that earning a delegate is reason enough for her to join the debate.
Other figures like Ken Blackwell, the former state treasurer and secretary of state of Ohio, said leaving Fiorina out was a "disservice to Democracy.â
Conservative columnist Byron York suggested that placing Fiorina in the same boat as Gilmore is all kinds of unfair:
With 8 left, don't see why Fiorina should be excluded from NH debate. Exclude Gilmore by requiring more than 12 votes in IA caucus.— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 3, 2016
Some politicians are also on Fiorina's side - like New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who released the following statement Thursday morning urging ABC to reconsider:
My statement on @abcnews #FITN debate: pic.twitter.com/tlWmBjaXl5— Kelly Ayotte (@KellyAyotte) February 4, 2016
What do you think? Does Fiorina deserve a podium in Manchester?
Editor's Note: A mistake was made in an earlier version of this post. It read Kelly Ayotte was the governor of South Carolina. She is actually a New Hampshire senator. Nikki Haley is the South Carolina governor. Our apologies for the mix up.
why should she be there in there in the first place?
she has little to no support from conservatives.
War on women.
She’s lucky we’re not requiring she wear a burka!
I would like to see Carly in the debate, she is very sharp, has strong points and I like the way she has really prepared herself to understand the issues of this election.
At this point she polls as well as Bush and makes more sense than Kasich.
There should be 3 left. Cruz, Trump, and Rubio. The rest are wasting time and money.
She’s very low in the polls but she always quit and start her new business venture./s
There should be at least two others who should be gone...any one under 3% needs to go home!!!!
Sorry Carly but your job interview is over. Good luck on your future endeavors.
The “token woman” demanding her tokenhood.
Joining the black activists protesting the Oscars because there are no black actors nominated.
It’s not about performance or achievement anymore, it’s all about “inclusiveness” and victimhood.
How’s about we cheapen EVERYTHING by making it an affirmative action project.
[she is very sharp]
Can’t argue with that she IS sharp and angular.
I’m not saying she is mean looking too but...
LOL! You should become a speechwriter for Trump! ;)
Too bad Johnny Carson's no longer around and Leno's no longer date certain!
Kasich leads in spasticity.
I’m sure there’s another company out there that she can ruin.
I think she can influence others to avoid giving glib, lightweight answers
The network doesn’t want her there because she attacks Hillary more than she does the other republicans.
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