Fox News Debate Draws New Criticism from the Field

Fox News Debate Draws New Criticism from the Field

With less than two weeks until the first and likely the most watched Republican presidential debate, criticism of the selection process is intensifying.

Curt Anderson, former RNC strategist turned adviser to Gov. Bobby Jindal, penned a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed in which he blasted Fox’s limit of 10 participants arguing that 16 slots should be granted.

“The Republican Party should be looking forward instead of backward and seeking every opportunity to feature its roster of excellent candidates, rather than trying to find ways to constrict the field.”

The op-ed was quickly followed by an email blast from respected former Romney adviser, Alex Castellanos, who piled on by pointing out that a 10-seat cut-off means that at least six candidates would not make the cut despite falling within the margin of error in polling behind the last candidate who made the cut.

What’s more, argued Castellanos, if current polling remains static, at least two sitting governors and the GOP’s most serious female candidate ever will be cut from the debate stage.

That multiple candidates have already begun massive spending campaigns in hopes of earning new approval numbers in the polls is drawing the ire of donors who argue that that money is being wasted because of Fox’s myopic selection criteria.

Fox’s only concession so far has been that it will sponsor a separate debate event earlier in the day for candidates who don’t make the first cut. But critics argue that the viewership of that event will be a fraction of the prime time viewership for the main event.

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  1. notice–no one coming out asking to be VICE PRESIDENT for someone they think would be good for this country?–NOT ONE–ever single one of them screaming from the roof tops–PICK ME–I’M THE GREATEST PROMISE FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY
    —sounding like democrats in republican clothing, controlled by the PC police, with no regard for the future of our country
    —the rich still running out of this country, with the jobs we need
    —excuses to keep illegal aliens in our country–promising them our social security that is already in trouble because of no control of spending, if they vote for me–so called republicans?
    —instead of stopping the fraud in our health care costs, by corporations in the healthcare business ONLY FOR THE MONEY,–with lawyers changing laws to allowing their accountants to play with the books, screwing the American people TWICE–
    1] for the premiums they pay
    2] the taxpayers taxes they scam from a willing government, asking & receiving big donations
    –3 cheers for the circus the republicans in our country are presenting for the world to laugh at.

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