(CNN) - Candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination will be invited to participate in the Arizona Republican Presidential debate if they meet objective polling criteria, CNN announced Friday.
The nationally televised February 22 debate is being co-sponsored by the Arizona Republican Party and will take place in Mesa six days before Arizona and Michigan voters head to the polls.
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Invitations to participate in the debate will be issued to candidates who receive an average of at least 7.00% in at least three national polls released between January 15, 2012 and February 15, 2012 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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Please verify that Buddy Roemer is actually queried in all of those polls, otherwise your exclusion criteria is a mere sham.
Buddy Roemer has qualified for federal matching funds and valid debate criteria must not exclude candidates deemed viable by our system of democracy.
Willard does need to explain his self deportation plan.
You know, we may be missing out on some level headed contenders by making criteria requirements like this.
Better ask them for proof of their places of birth.
Great opportunity for Paul to build on his Maine win and pump up his eventual win in Washington...right before Super Tuesday...
great!: 2 hrs. of republicans talking about birth control.
really?!?!?!?! and what would that criteria be? please make criteria information public! thank you! please know that information will be very helpful for us american voters to understand, who are really trying to wrap our brains around how and why cnn and the grand ol' party are excluding gop candidate for president 2012 charles "buddy" roemer.
How can you use all of those polls to exclude Buddy Roemer, when he wasn't even included in the polls? Maybe you need to count up all the none, undecided or other votes, and realize that those votes go to a candidate that isn't even included. What are you afraid of? The truth!
I would like them to explain how less regulation is better than regulations. I would also like to hear where they get their assumptions; Ron Paul seem to think that everything resolves around money and everyone behaving rationally. Does that really happen? Not from what I can see; maybe he isn't watching the world since his head is in the sand.
These people also need to explain where they get their science information. As an example, do they read magazines like Science and Scientific American or get their information from industry or religious based groups? This is vital if we are going to be honest about the future of our country and planet.
@ dianne – Blitzer will do that, he's pretty smart in knowing what Questions to ask them.
@Tom – I agree with You !
And – IF Romney loses Michigan to Santorum, he's Out.
And – If Newt carries all the southern States, and Loses Texas to Santorum, Newt is Out .
FYI – Texas has a total population of approx. 28 Million in the Whole State ! (google it)
Here's a criterion for you: only agreed-upon facts may be used when candidates make arguments.
CNN your debate criteria is a shame. How can you ask for 7% when they don't even include Buddy Roemer in some of those polls. He is the ONLY candidate that qualified for matching funds. Your debate is going to be just as boring and non-informative as the rest. I will not be watching! This is a democracy NOT a beauty pageant. CNN #SHAMEONYOU