Senator [score]Ted Cruz[/score] (R-TX) has had some tough things said about him in recent weeks from a variety of sources, inside and outside of the GOP. Whether it was Donald Trump calling him “nasty,” or Sarah Palin calling him a “liar,” or even Dr. Ben Carson insinuating that Cruz was being less than ethical in Iowa… Cruz has taken his lumps. However, on Friday he earned the praise of his fellow GOP presidential contender, Carly Fiorina, when he defended her candidacy and argued that she should be included in Saturday night’s GOP debate in New Hampshire.
On Thursday ABC announced that they would not be including Carly Fiorina in the debate, even though Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum and Rand Paul have all dropped out of the race – meaning that Fiorina will be the only positively polling candidate who won’t be included.
ABC News is unveiling its candidate lineup for Saturday night’s Republican presidential debatein Manchester, New Hampshire.
The network will extend invitations to the following candidates: Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. [score]Marco Rubio[/score], Dr. Ben Carson, former Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. Chris Christie and Gov. John Kasich.
The news, of course, angered Mrs. Fiorina, but also surprisingly upset a few of her competitors, including Senator Cruz and Dr. Ben Carson. Senator Cruz made the following statement urging both ABC News and the RNC to reconsider their decision and to include her in the debate.
Fiorina was thankful for the support, and she let Cruz know about it.
.@tedcruz, thanks for standing for the fair debate the American people deserve!
— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) February 4, 2016
Later, Dr. Carson also added his voice in defense of Fiorina.
With 9 Republicans left, I call on the RNC to get rid of arbitrary requirements for debates. Americans deserve to hear from every candidate.
— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) February 4, 2016
Other important GOP voices made their displeasure known as well.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) February 4, 2016
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) February 4, 2016
Carly is one of the best story-tellers @GOP has
Only one poll has mattered so far—& she got delegates
She shld be on the #GOPdebate stage
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) February 4, 2016
— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) February 5, 2016
One wonders how ABC and the RNC came to the decision to exclude Fiorina from the debate. It seems like a foolish thing to do considering the fact that Fiorina outpolled both Governor John Kasich (R-OH) and Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) this past Tuesday in Iowa. How could they exclude her but include the two men she beat in an actual vote? It doesn’t make much sense, especially when you consider that she’ll be the only major GOP candidate excluded from this debate.
ABC and the RNC are making a mistake.
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