Editor: “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” You will learn almost NOTHING at these debates except what the establishment narrative wants you to believe. This is BREAD AND CIRCUSES. In what world is Jeb Bush Top Tear? Answer: The Establishment’s world.
Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul expressed anger Monday after the Fox Business Network announced he did not qualify for Thursday’s main debate among GOP presidential hopefuls.
“I think they’ve made a mistake,” Paul said.
In reaction to the network’s decision, the Republican senator from Kentucky said he will boycott the second-tier debate for which Fox Business said he was eligible. “I’m not willing to accept a designation as a minor campaign. We’ve raised $25 million. We’ve gotten on the ballot on every state. It’s kind of ridiculous to arbitrarily rate the campaigns based on national polling.”
Paul criticized the “arbitrary, capricious polling standard” imposed by the network.
“It won’t take much for our supporters to understand why we’re doing this,” Paul explained in discussing his boycott. “You want war? We’ll give it to you.”
Paul had qualified for the main debate in each of the previous five GOP debates.
To qualify for Thursday’s main stage, a candidate had to place in the top six in an average of the five most recent national polls, or in the top five in an average of the five most recent polls in Iowa or New Hampshire.
The Paul campaign’s statement issued Monday said Fox Business was “creating ‘tiers’” based on “bad science” and called it “irresponsible.”
“By any reasonable criteria, Senator Paul has a top-tier campaign,” the statement said. “He will not let the media decide the tiers of this race and will instead take his message directly to the voters of New Hampshire and Iowa.”
The lineup for Thursday’s 9 p.m. ET debate includes Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and John Kasich.
The 6 p.m. ET debate will include Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.
Thursday’s debates will be held at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, S.C.
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