As the Associated Press reported on Tuesday, CNN has decided to change its debate criteria for its upcoming televised Republican presidential debate, which is scheduled for Sept. 16. As a result, surging candidate, Carly Fiorina’s chances of joining the debate have increased significantly.
In recent days, Fiorina’s camp had expressed great displeasure over CNN’s prior debate rules, which took into account national polling from July 16 through Sept. 10. Back in July, Fiorina had very little name recognition and wasn’t polling very high. As BloombergPolitics reported, Fiorina’s deputy campaign manager, Sarah Isgur Flores, who was obviously very upset about CNN’s debate rules, offered some strong words.
“I am a little surprised that the RNC and CNN feel quite so strongly to keep her off the stage yet again. I’m upset because this is ridiculous.”
Though Fiorina started slow she has – of late – been surging in the polls, easily cracking into the top 10. Her performance in the first debate garnered a lot of positive feedback and her momentum continues to this day.
According to RealClearPolitics, Fiorina sits in seventh place not very far behind Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Fiorina is already ahead of Republican candidates with a longer track record and greater name recognition, such as Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Chris Christie, and Rand Paul.
Now that CNN has adjusted its debate criteria, Fiorina has a better chance of making the cut and gaining significant air time engaging with the other top candidates in the field, including the current, and seemingly untouchable leader, Donald Trump.
Fiorina versus Trump? Imagine that.