In previous GOP presidential debates, there has been an undercard forum before the main event for those that did not poll well enough to make it to the main-stage. However, given that three candidates on the Republican side suspended their campaigns after the Iowa caucuses, the RNC determined that they did not need to hold an undercard forum in the upcoming debate. As such, however, two GOP candidates will not be participating at all in Saturday’s events. Jim Gilmore and Carly Fiorina both did not qualify, according to their polling numbers, for the ABC debate this weekend.
While Jim Gilmore’s policies and proposals are important to a degree, he received less support in Iowa than “other candidate,” indicating that he does not deserve to be anywhere near the debate stage. Carly Fiorina, on the other hand, received one delegate in the Iowa caucuses, which places her on the same level as Jeb Bush and John Kasich. Given that she received the same support in the first primary as other leading candidates, Carly Fiorina is adamant about having a place on Saturday’s debate stage.
In a letter to the RNC, Fiorina said the following. “It is time for the RNC to act in the best interest of the Party that it represents. There are only 8 candidates left. It’s time for the RNC to demand that media executives step aside and let voters hear from all of us.”
In an interview with The Hill, Fiorina furthered her point, stating that “it’s hard to justify a single candidate, the only woman, being excluded.”
Other noteworthy Republicans, such as Mitt Romney, have chimed in on the matter, urging the RNC to make a place for Carly on the debate stage. They have criticized the Party for excluding the only woman in the race, arguing that she deserves a place on the stage, given her caucus results in Iowa.
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