ABC News Set to End the GOP Debate ‘Undercard’

By Mark Joyella 

ABC News has unveiled entry criteria for next week’s Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire that include no provision for candidates who fail to qualify for the prime time debate. Essentially, that means no more kids’ tables and no more undercards.

According to the criteria, any candidate who does not finish as one of top three finishers in the Iowa caucuses, or place in the top six according to polling done in New Hampshire or nationally, will not qualify for the February 6 debate in Manchester.

That suggests–as of right now–Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and Carly Fiorina would not appear on ABC.

The debate will be moderated by David Muir and Martha Raddatz with WMUR political director Josh McElveen.