Criteria announced for Southern GOP presidential debate
January 3rd, 2012
01:42 PM ET
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Criteria announced for Southern GOP presidential debate

(CNN) – Republicans seeking their party's presidential nomination will have four separate ways to qualify for the Southern Republican Presidential Debate, CNN announced Tuesday.

The debate will take place in Charleston on January 19, two days before the crucial South Carolina primary. The event is being co-hosted by the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, the umbrella organization of the Republican National Committee's Southern Region. The region consists of 14 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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Invitations will be issued to candidates who meet the following criteria:

· A person must place in one of the top four* slots in the final results of the Iowa Caucus.

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· A person must place in one of the top four* slots in the final results of the New Hampshire Primary.

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· A person must receive an average of at least 7.00 percent in at least three national polls released between January 1 and January 18 that were conducted by the following organizations: ABC, AP, Bloomberg, CBS News, New York Times, CNN, FOX, Gallup, Los Angeles Times, Marist, McClatchy, NBC, Newsweek, Pew, Quinnipiac, Reuters, USA Today and Time.

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· A person must receive an average of at least 7.00 percent in at least three South Carolina polls released between January 1 and January 18 that were conducted by the following organizations: ABC, AP, Bloomberg, CBS News, New York Times, CNN, FOX, Gallup, Los Angeles Times, Marist, McClatchy, NBC, Newsweek, Pew, Quinnipiac, Reuters, USA Today and Time.

*A subsequent withdrawal or suspension of a candidate's campaign will not result in the replacement by the next candidate in line.

The debate is the centerpiece of the SRLC's four day conference that is chaired by South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and South Carolina Rep. Tim Scott as a featured speaker. The 90-minute debate will air live at 8 p.m. ET nationally as well as internationally.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Sounds like there is only going to be four, maybe five, people on the stage. We might be missing Bachmann and Huntsman, and possibly Gingrich or Perry.

    January 3, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Criteria announced for Southern GOP presidential debate"

    Hahahaha...you act as if the GOP/Teatrolls have standards...hahahaha...too funny. Have you not seen the lineup they've provided this year?

    January 3, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. BeverlyNC

    Based on how Republicans have made racism, ignorance, and closed-minded extremism acceptable in what was a progressive South before the 2008 campaign, I imagine the GOP "debate" will have NO rules here. Racially-loaded statements, lunatic religious views (when are in a nation where church and state are supposed to be separate), and all extremists social agendas will prevail. Won't hear one sound solution on jobs, education, or any people-related real issues. Non-leader Republicans have non-leader non-solutions to anything. Let them keep showing the naton how clueless and empty they are – it only ensures a Democratic landslide.

    January 3, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  4. Indy

    Bye Bye Bachmann, and adios Perry !! They can't cut any of these regulations, maybe Romney can de regulate the rules like he wants to de regulate the economy by letting anything go in the financial markets, or Bachmann and Perry can sue the South ? There has got to be a way to keep the Dumb Dumb circus going.

    January 3, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. Steve - SC

    Democrat or Republican opinions really don't matter. What a collection of crooks to choose from. Close your eyes and pin the tail on whatever "jacka__" comes by the slowest. This whole country needs to wake up about where we actually stand and learn how to get back to our basic values and roots.

    January 3, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. Hilroy

    Huntsman, is this the same republican President Obama made Ambassador to China? I like the guy but why would he give up that cushiony job to get involved in this circus? This tells you more about the stature of the President than any thing else.

    January 3, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. m

    Candidate positions

    1. Must be white
    2. Must hate all minority groups
    3. Must be against abortion
    4. Must be a racist
    5. Must love money above all things

    January 3, 2012 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  8. george of the jungle

    first criteria should be who has some ideas instead of who can bash the president.

    January 3, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  9. Phil in KC

    The funny thing is, Huntsman could make that stage. With all the time he's spent in NH, I thing it's a very real possibility that he could place in the top 4 there. The question is, where does he go from there. He doesn't have enough support in the south. I doubt that Bachmann or Perry will be there. Unless one of them makes a 7% showing in some poll. I don't think either of them makes top 4 in Iowa or NH. If they don't place well in SC, though, I look for them to drop.
    The thing I find interesting is that Oklahoma and Texas are considered South? I mean, sure, they're south of the Mason-Dixon, but so are Arizona and New Mexico. No one calls them South.

    January 3, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Actual debate criteria:

    Member of GOBP deathcult
    Bloodthirsty neocon
    Inability to distinguish fact from fiction
    Willing to lie early and often
    Refusal to admit that tax cuts for the filthy rich is a proven policy failure
    Refusal to admit deregulation is a proven policy failure
    Refusal to ask the wealthy to share in any of the sacrifices the rest of us are making

    January 3, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. Hap

    No thanks, I'll wait for Stephen Colbert's "Classy Debate".

    January 3, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  12. jamison

    The only criteria the GOP has is who can LIE and screw the American public the most.

    Our previous president makes all of these GOP candidates look like Einstein – and we all know how smart he was. Cain doesn't know anything about Libya even though it’s been in the news for the last 8 months. Cain is a lost cause due to his infidelity, yet Newt is still around even though he committed adultery more than once. So much for the GOP Conservative Family Values – HA. Paul has some radical ideas like pulling the plug on the sick if they have no health insurance. Perry is from another planet, and can't remember what he had for Lunch let alone what he will do if elected. The Newt is a total liar who no one will believe, and Bachman is a total idiot in denial. All of them are mean spirited, uncaring and vindictive. In 2012 I think I will stick with who we have now. At least he has a logical and clear thinking brain and CARES about the common man and not the ones in their ivory towers on Wall St.

    January 3, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |