GOP debates: Who’s in – and who could be out

by Joseph Curl  |  published on May 21, 2015


With upwards of 20 candidates expected in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, the two TV networks that will air the first debates have set the criteria for inclusion.

Fox will allow 10 candidates on stage, based on poll numbers, for the first debate in Aug. 6. All candidates must, of course, be registered as such with the Federal Election Commission (we’re talking to you, Donald Trump!).

But no single poll will decide the entrants. That will be based on the average of the five most recent national polls (but not necessarily those on realclearpolitics, but instead chosen by Fox News).

But if that debate were held today, two governors, a U.S. senator, and the only woman in the field would be excluded — as well as The Donald.

The debate, at least using rolling poll average, would leave out Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina would also miss out.

  • bluebonnet114

    TED CRUZ 2016

  • Fr Jim Rosselli

    This is a bad decision, based on unwillingness to devote sufficient air-time to
    an open debate.
    Television is a marketing medium that charges for air-timer based on ratings,
    and the formula for ratings is, “keep it moving.” The network wonks obviously
    fear that a two-to-three-hour debate would produce less ad revenue.
    Politics needs to get out of show business. These people do real things that
    have a real impact on the lives of real people. It’s up to the Networks, at least once in a while, to give some place to civic responsibility.

  • rhondareichel

    Cruz and Paul will get bush wacked by FOX….they never treated Ron Paul fairly and they won’t treat any LIBERTY candidate fair and square. I detest their traitorous pundits except for Laura Ingraham and Judge Napolitano.

    • marlio

      I thought Fox was supposed to be Fair and Balanced. Or are they that hen pecked by a 3% interest in the company by an arab???

      • Phyllis

        Really…do tell…I have not heard about the 3% interest by an arab…do you suppose that is why they used one to portray Jesus in O’Reilly’s film…I wasn’t going to log on today but I’m glad I did or I would have missed that nugget you dropped..

  • Jo Beck

    You are 100% correct, Ddenney! I was a lifelong republican until the mid-90’s when the light bulb FINALLY illuminated. I learned that there is LITTLE if ANY difference between the 2 parties…they are ONLY interested in their own selfish interests and getting re-elected to keep their cushy jobs! I urge EVERYONE to vote every chance they get, but ALWAYS vote AGAINST the incumbent. Yes, you will, on occasion, throw out the baby with the bathwater, but the overall good will overshadow the temporary loss! We MUST return this (once great) nation to its lost grandeur and power and re-commit to the values, morals and beliefs of our Judeo-Christian roots! The coming election (if the “emperor” does not find a way to impose martial law!) will be our LAST if we do not stand fast and COMMIT to victory!

  • Ddenney1

    I think ANYONE that is actually announced should get to debate! I like FOX but nobody should be cut from the FIRST debate! The RINO elites will kill the ones they don’t like all by their selves!!!! I expect the RINO’s to attack the Cruz’s and Paul’s just like Demon Rats!! It’s either Demon Rat or RINO no one else need apply!!!!

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