Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, whom many consider the runaway winner of the “kids’ table” debate on Fox News, is fighting for a spot in the top tier of the upcoming Republican debate on CNN. CNN, however, contends that the rules are the rules, and positions in the debate will be based on poll numbers taken as far back as mid-July.
Fiorina hasn’t given up and is trying a new tactic: She’s collected 250 signatures on a letter and sent them to CNN.
The letter reads:
Carly Fiorina is a top tier candidate in this race. She won the last debate and has been in the top 10 in every poll released this month. To ensure a fair and representative process, your network should seat her alongside the other candidates polling in the top 10. A transparent effort by your network to benefit candidates from and of the political establishment will not be acceptable to conservative grassroots voters. We are the audience for this debate, and we will not tolerate a TV network inappropriately influencing our primary process.
We also call on the Republican National Committee (RNC) to encourage CNN to adjust its debate criteria. Make no mistake, the RNC — which decided how many GOP primary debates there would be and who would host them — holds considerable influence over this process. Its continued silence is tantamount to turning its back on Republican voters who overwhelmingly want to see Carly on the debate stage. Carly Fiorina has already proven that she deserves to be on the main debate stage. It’s time for CNN and the RNC to recognize it as well.
So, where is the RNC on this issue?