When you tune in to watch the republican debate next Thursday night, the number of candidates on the debate stage will be noticeably smaller as both Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina didn’t make the cut to be included in the 8th republican debate of this Presidential election cycle.
Fox Business Network set the qualifiers for next week’s prime-time debate, which required each candidate to have either placed in the top six in national polls, based on an average of the five most recent national polls recognized by Fox News, or have placed within the top five based on the average to the five most recent state polls in Iowa or New Hampshire.
Both Paul and Fiorina were invited to participate in the undercard debate that takes place immediately before the prime time debate. In an interview with CNN immediately before the announcement by Fox News, Paul said that he had been informed that he would not qualify for the prime time debate and that he would be on the campaign trail in Iowa and New Hampshire instead of participating in the earlier undercard.
“I’ll be taking my campaign directly to New Hampshire and Iowa,” the senator said. “I’m not going to be in South Carolina.”
Mrs. Fiorina has seen her poll numbers surge after her performance in the first undercard debate – poll numbers that led to her qualifying for the last prime time debate. However, those performances have failed to translate into higher poll numbers.