Rick Santorum Challenges Fox News on Debate Cut Off

By Mark Joyella 

As it stands, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum would probably qualify for the upcoming Fox News GOP debate, which will limit participation to the top ten candidates based on national polls. As FiveThirtyEight explains, Santorum sits right on the edge:

Fox News has said that ties could result in more than 10 candidates being included, so John Kasich and Rick Santorum are in the Fox News debate with 2 percent each. Carly Fiorina, however, is a question mark. She’s at 1.6 percent. If Fox News is rounding, Fiorina gets bumped up to 2 percent, and she’s in the debate too.

On Fox News Sunday, Santorum told Chris Wallace he doesn’t like the polling-based cutoff for the debate (CNN plans to use polling data to split attendance at its upcoming Republican debate), arguing it could deny voters a chance to hear from some viable candidates. “We should have the opportunity for everyone to be heard,” he said. “You know, if you would have taken the top two-thirds of the folks in 1992, Bill Clinton wouldn’t have been on the stage.” (PolitiFact, however, disputes that, calling Santorum’s claim about the 1992 campaign “mostly false.”)

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