Carly Fiorina Doesn't Get Invite to Next GOP Debate

She's the only major candidate who won't be there
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2016 6:52 PM CST
Carly Fiorina Doesn't Get Invite to Next GOP Debate
Carly Fiorina is the only major GOP presidential candidate who didn't qualify for Saturday's debate in New Hampshire.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The GOP's only female presidential candidate will also be the only major candidate not on the debate stage Saturday in New Hampshire, the Hill reports. That's because Carly Fiorina failed to meet any of ABC News' criteria for the debate: She wasn't a top-three vote getter in Iowa, isn't in the top six in national polls, and isn't in the top six in New Hampshire polls. And with Rick Santorum, Rand Paul, and Mike Huckabee all dropping out of the race recently, there isn't anyone for her to face off against in an undercard debate. Jim Gilmore also failed to make the cut for Saturday's debate, but—as the Hill notes—"he rarely registers in most polls."

Fiorina has asked the RNC to force ABC to let her into the debate. "There are only eight candidates left," NBC News quotes her letter to the RNC. "It's time for the RNC to demand that media executives step aside and let voters hear from all of us." And she has some facts to back her up. She beat both Chris Christie and John Kasich in Iowa and has raised more money than either. Her single delegate from Iowa puts her ahead of Christie and Kasich and ties her with Jeb Bush. Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney, and Newt Gingrich are among the party players supporting Fiorina's inclusion in the debate. "She deserves to be there," NBC quotes Cruz. "Don't exclude only woman," Mitt Romney tweeted. The RNC has not responded to Fiorina's request. (Read more Carly Fiorina stories.)

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