Since ABC announced the lineup for Saturday’s Republican presidential debate, the network’s decision to exclude Carly Fiorina from the event has stirred up a lot of chatter. ABC revealed Thursday that Fiorina, who has been polling below Chris Christie and John Kasich, failed to make the cut.
Christie and Kasich are both in, along with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson and Jeb Bush. But Fiorina, despite pulling 1.9% of the vote in the Iowa caucuses to top both Christie and Kasich, is out.
CNN reports that the announcement prompted a number of prominent Republicans to speak out, with many of them taking to Twitter. Newt Gingrich tweeted: “.@ABC should put @CarlyFiorina in the new hampshire debate. she came in ahead of kasich and christie. She has earned a spot.”
A tweet from Mitt Romney said: “Hey @ABC: put @CarlyFiorina on the debate stage! She got more Iowa votes than John and Chris. Don’t exclude only woman.”
One of Fiorina’s rival candidates, Ben Carson, joined the chorus, tweeting: “With 9 Republicans left, I call on the RNC to get rid of arbitrary requirements for debates. Americans deserve to hear from every candidate.”
Ted Cruz has also called for Fiorina’s inclusion, and Fiorina herself has been stumping to get on the stage for Saturday’s event. B&C reports that Fiorina made a pitch on MSNBC.
“She told the news net it seemed odd with eight candidates left that she was the only one being excluded per ABC eligibility rules,” B&C reports. “She said she had sent a letter to the RNC and hoped they would step in and convince ABC to add her to the lineup.”