It is nearly impossible to avoid the discussion surrounding GOP presidential debates in the media. Whether the candidates are lobbying for shorter debates, whether they are pushing to negotiate terms with the networks themselves, or some are complaining about their limited speaking time while on stage or complaining that they can’t even get onto the stage, the GOP presidential debate atmosphere is nothing short of turbulent. As the fourth GOP debate approaches next week, a new development is bound to create an even larger media frenzy than before: Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee – both seemingly legitimate candidates with positive messages for America – have been relegated to the JV debate.
Fox Business Network announced yesterday its lineup for the November 10th debate in Wisconsin. The criterion for the main stage was a meager 2.5% national support, derived from a conglomerate of the four most recent national polls. The undercard – or JV – debaters needed at least 1% in at least one national poll considered. Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee, who have both been on the main stage for the past three forums, will now be competing in the earlier debate alongside Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum. Christie released a statement declaring that the stage does not matter to him, as he will continue to put forth is plans to reinvigorate America, regardless of the setting.
The primetime debate will include Trump, Carson, Rubio, Cruz, Bush, Fiorina, Kasich, and Paul and will last two hours. The undercard debate, however, will only last one hour.
In addition to the development that Christie and Huckabee will no longer be on the main stage, Lindsey Graham and George Pataki have been ousted from either debate.
What do you think about the fact that Huckabee and Christie will no longer be participating in the main forum?