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Fox News Debate Lineup Announced: Christie Kicked to the Kids’ Table

Fox News Debate Lineup Announced: Christie Kicked to the Kids’ Table

And three don’t even make the cut

Thursday night, Fox Business announced the lineup for upcoming Republican presidential debate sponsored by the Wall Street Journal. The debate will take place November 10.

The undercard debate has a few new additions — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee. Christie and Huckabee will be joined by Rick Santorum and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Not making the cut at all are former New York Gov. George Pataki, Sen. Lindsey Graham, and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore. A minimum of 1% polling average was required for the entry to the undercard debate.

The main stage debate will feature the 8 candidates with highest poll ratings.

As was previously announced, the 9:00 P.M. ET debate will feature candidates scoring 2.5% or higher based on an average of the four most recent national polls. The candidates achieving that are: Donald Trump (25.3%), Ben Carson (24.5%), Marco Rubio (11.8%), Ted Cruz (10.0%), Jeb Bush (5.5%), Carly Fiorina (3.0%), John Kasich (2.8%) and Rand Paul (2.5%).

Starting center stage at the first Republican debate, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has been relegated to the corner where he’ll be hanging out with Ohio Governor John Kasich. Bush’s decision to attack fellow Floridian, Sen. Rubio, has only hurt the Governor’s struggling campaign.

Earlier today, Politico looked at how Bush’s suddenly negative campaign is directly contributing to a steady decline in the polls.

Most of those who say they are disappointed with the attack-Rubio tactics blame the campaign’s senior leadership – not Bush personally.

One Republican who has worked for the Bush campaign said the staffers are taking Rubio’s bid for president personally, not professionally. Some have taken to calling Rubio “Judas,” a betrayer who should have deferred to the elder Republican, the source said, adding that the campaign’s upper-echelon isn’t listening to the numerous voices in the conservative movement and the Republican Party who have become increasingly disillusioned with the negative tone.

“The campaign has been arrogant with donors, arrogant with staff, arrogant with Republicans, and arrogant with the media,” the source said. “And now look at where we are: isolated.”

Worse yet for Bush, nearly all of the supporters who told POLITICO they are disappointed in his attack approach see Rubio as a viable alternative who would continue the tradition of conservative principles and policies that the former governor espoused when Rubio served simultaneously in the Florida Legislature. Already, they noted, Rubio is well ahead of Bush in national and state polls.

“For a substantial portion of the DC crowd – and I think this probably goes beyond DC – Marco is well liked,” said one major Bush donor and fundraiser from Washington. “I don’t know necessarily what is gained by picking fights with people.”

One reason the Bush campaign’s tactic has hit such a nerve is that, polls show, a high amount of Bush supporters favor Rubio as a second-choice candidate. And with Bush’s public support collapsing, many Republicans don’t want to see his campaign take Rubio down with it.

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Now one of the top lobbyists in Tallahassee has quit the Bush campaign because of the attacks on Sen. Rubio. No doubt that the Bush campaign is in deep trouble. But when he starts seeing people jumping ship it is a matter of time before the campaign is sunk.

It’s been over for a long time. I just hope he stays in long enough to damage Rubio the liar.

    Arminius in reply to Barry. | November 5, 2015 at 10:50 pm

    Rubio irreparably harmed himself in my eyes by becoming one of Schumers tame Republicans on the gang of eight amnesty bill, too. But Bush is Dead Campaign Money walking. He can’t harm Rubio by attacking him. If he wanted to damage Rubio and take him down along with his own sinking ship the only way he could do that would be by singing Rubio’s praises. And that ain’t gonna happen.

      Barry in reply to Arminius. | November 5, 2015 at 11:10 pm

      the bush’s know where all the bones are buried. Rubio bones. Bush is pissed that Rubio got in the race. The bones are beginning to be dug up. Watch. Learn.

The Bush campaign was over before it began.

They should have gotten rid of at least Kasich and Paul as well.

Neither of them has any prayer of winning the nomination and their presence in this debate accomplishes nothing but taking time away from actual competitive candidates.

No way that Jeb “Really Cool”Bush will drop out. He’s in this to the bitter end — imagine the pressure from his family, donors, SuperPACs, and the GOPe, the latter of which will lose all of their power and perks if anyone other than Bush wins the nod.

With Christie off the stage, it now tilts right.


Interesting that they assign podiums like they assign lanes in a swim meet: Best qualifying times in the center.

Just a data point from upstate SC: Rubio is running ads on TV every night during Jeopardy. Jeb used to, but those disappeared.

The only three that belong on that stage are Carson, Cruz and Fiorina.

There are only 5 or 6 Serious Candidates. They need to have strict ” Cut Off,” Rules, No matter what the Network has to say. They are the ” Host,” not the RNC. There needs to be a Dollar limit on every Campaign at all Levels. No Campaign should receive Tax Dollars for their Campaign.

Sammy Finkelman | November 6, 2015 at 1:46 pm

Some candidates who previously were included are being left out of the poll questions:

And, if a Republican primary for president were being held today, which one of the following candidates would you favor (RANDOMIZE)Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Mike
Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Donald Trump, or Carly Fiorina

If someone says other then they prompted

Which one of the following
candidates would you favor — (RANDOMIZE) Lindsey Graham, Rick Santorum, George Pataki, Bobby Jindal, or Jim Gilmore?