Criteria for the CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate
September 26th, 2011
11:31 AM ET
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Criteria for the CNN Western Republican Presidential Debate

Washington (CNN) – CNN has established objective criteria – modeled after criteria the network used for the June 13th presidential debate in New Hampshire and the September 12th presidential debate in Florida – to determine who will receive invitations to participate in the October 18th "Western Republican Presidential Debate."

Participants need to meet the threshold outlined below to receive an invitation to this debate:

A person must receive an average of at least 2.00 percent in at least three national polls released between September 1st and October 16th that were conducted by the following organization: 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.

CNN is partnering with the Western Republican Leadership Conference to present the October 18th "Western Republican Presidential Debate," live from Las Vegas at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Follow all the issues and campaign news leading up to the debate on and @cnnpolitics on Twitter.

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Obama/Biden 2012 -- Because 4 years of FAILURE just isn't enough

    I guess you have to have SOME threshold. Too many people just distracts and takes time from the candidates with a reasonable chance of getting the nomination. The per centage should gradually increase as well.

    September 26, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. proudmemberofglobalzero

    If they could just ask the audience to remain would be so much less scary. I am trying to remember the poll in 2008 where the majority of Americans would take a pay cut to save a co-workers job....what happened to this country since then? I bet the poll numbers would would be the same as they were in 2008 if you would just poll that same question again. My bet is you won't....reports like these do not make for "spectacular" news.

    September 26, 2011 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Flash

    The Spokesman for the Joe None-of-the-Above campaign stated that Mr. None-of-the-Above was quite pleased with the news. Confidential campaign sources indicated that there is considerable concern as to how None-of-the-Above will be able to stand out amongst the many empty suits. The expected strategy will be to dress Mr. None-of-the-Above as a clue, something none of the other candidates will have.

    September 26, 2011 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. 2607

    if the minimum requirement was higher then 2% then CNN would not have debate....

    September 26, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Jimm

    Why not break it up into 2 separate debates, each 1 hour long, and allow everyone who is on the ballot.

    September 26, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. Noah

    Invite Gary Johnson or I won't watch! Fox just had him on last week!

    September 26, 2011 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. FM

    What about those who will jump in CNN, will you take them or reject them? 2% of how many people taken? Are all those organizations mentioned, taking polls on the same number (quantity)?

    September 26, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  8. carlos

    what about placing the mitt and parry as book ends, thay way, the others will have a chance at answering some questions......besides parry is already TOAST......

    September 26, 2011 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  9. bb

    Another week, another corporate sponsored 'debate-esque' infomercial. Thanks to the conservative Supreme Court now allowing UNLIMITED CORPORATE DOLLARS to be spent on the marketing of the campaigns of their choice, we can expect to see dozens of these things.

    September 26, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Vapid nonsense.

    September 26, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. GrogInOhio

    The real question is what human atrocity the GOP audience will cheer for this time. Let's see... so far, execution, even of the possibly innocent, was cheered, death from a lack of health care insurance was cheered and a soldier risking his life in a Republican war was booed for being different. What's next... cheering for a death of the homeless and poor?

    September 26, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Only 54 more of these weekly Republican idiot fests to go, brought to you by Fox News and CNN, their propaganda sponsors.

    September 26, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. jay1975

    Since the media has already decided that Romney will be the one to represent the Republican ticket, these debates are worthless. Watch for CNN to drum up another Romney/Perry feud while ignoring all of the other candidates.

    September 26, 2011 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. Al-NY,NY

    Will Simple Sarah be there? Not likely. She'll arrive at the town but not participate since she's incapable of answering real questions. All she'll do is add her drivel as an addendum either reinforcing the participants ravaging of Obama "you betcha" or saying "I'm not officially in so I can't answer"

    September 26, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    "The real question is what human atrocity the GOP audience will cheer for this time."
    There has been absolutely no discussion of the home foreclosure crisis at the GOP debates. That would be my first guess for a new topic to raise some catcalls in the Republican audience. It seems to be in fashion ever since "you lie."

    I think the Republicans have been avoiding the home foreclosure crisis for a couple of reasons. First, and foremost, is that it is a middle class problem. It is the last thing on any Republican's mind. Second, the home foreclosure crisis began in late 2005, built steam in 2006, blew up into a recession in 2007, and blew up Wall Stree in 2008. None of which can be laid at the feet of either Democrats or President Obama.

    September 26, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  16. DA

    Okay so here is a question and maybe some investigative reporter can look into it, who is really funding Newt, Cain, Santorum, and Huntsman? I mean we all know they are not even in the running yet why haven't they drop out? Oh and Bachmann!

    September 26, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    They could show videos of worthless homeless people freezing to death during the Christmas season. That would get some cheers!!

    September 26, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. GI Joe

    If you're drinking based on terms like "middle class" or "poor" or "jobs in the US", don't even open the beer. It will go FLAT.

    September 26, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    LET"S SEE WHO THEY BOO THIS TIME AROUND! Their teagagging crowd cheered for a 30 yesr old man with no healthcare insurance, they cheered because the secessionist has killed 234 (I think that was the figure) in death row and they booed a gay active serviceman who fights for their rights to act like a bunch of imbeciles.
    Won't be watching again!!

    September 26, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. James, Rockville MD

    Please also require all participants to take, and provide their answers, a proctored US Citizenship exam. Wouldn't it be nice to know if our candidates have the same level of knowledge about our country as we expect of people who want to become citizens? CNN, please step up and help us have some real information about our leaders' qualifications.

    September 26, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Indy

    Get your mute buttons ready for when Bachmann's most annoying voice screeches out a bunch of lies.

    September 26, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. AntiFringe

    Ah yes. The making of a president. There has to be a better way.

    September 26, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  23. Straight Shooter

    Michelle Bachmann is going to reveal who made the statement to her about the effect of the HPV vaccine on her daughter – it's her own Mom!!!!

    September 26, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  24. Mike

    Granted, right now, Perry and Romney are leading the polls, but it would serve the country better if All the candidates received EQUAL time to espouse their views. In the lst debates so much time was spent on these two, the others did not have adequate time to give their positions on many of the questions asked.

    September 26, 2011 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |