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CNN has scheduled a phone call at 5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday with the GOP presidential campaigns to discuss changes to the criteria determining which candidates will get to appear on main stage at the next debate later this month, The Washington Times has learned.


The call is the outgrowth of negotiations between CNN and the Republican National Committee, which sanctions the party’s debates, to address concerns raised by the GOP’s only female candidate, Carly Fiorina, that the original criteria wrongly has kept her from the stage even as she is rising in the polls.


The call and the expectation of changes were confirmed by two campaign operatives for separate campaigns. The sources, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said CNN originally scheduled the call for 1:30 p.m. and then delayed it until 5 p.m.


RNC chief strategist Sean Spicer, who has been overseeing the debates, declined comment Tuesday afternoon.Scissors-32x32.png


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CNN amends GOP debate criteria
Mark Preston, CNN

Updated 6:15 PM ET, Tue September 1, 2015


Washington (CNN)CNN is amending the criteria for its Republican presidential debate on September 16, possibly opening the door for Carly Fiorina to join the other top-tier candidates on the stage. The cause: a lack of national public polling following the August 6 debate has so far provided only three new polls to determine the lineup for the Reagan Presidential Debate, according to a CNN statement.



As a result, CNN reevaluated its criteria and decided to add a provision that better reflects the state of the race since the first Republican presidential debate in August, the network announced Tuesday. Now, any candidate who ranks in the top 10 in polling between August 6 and September 10 will be included.


The adjustment may result in additional candidates joining the top-tier debate, but the final podium placements will not be known until the eligibility window closes on September 10. "In the event that any candidate is polling in the top 10 in an average of approved national polls released between August 7th and September 10th, we will add those candidates to our top tier debate, even if those candidates did not poll in the top 10 in an average of approved national polls between July 16th and September 10th," CNN said in a statement. "We have discussed these changes with the Republican National Committee and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and they are fully supportive."



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CNN Improves Debate Rules; Fiorina the Big Winner

Jon Gabriel, Ed.



September 1, 2015


When facing a 17-person GOP field, cable networks had a debate dilemma: limit the number of participants or install bleachers. They chose the former, but their process is deeply flawed. Serious candidates like Perry and Jindal are shouting to an empty auditorium while vanity projects like Huckabee use the debate to hawk his book. (Buy Giblets, Gullets & Grifters, available now at your local Bass Pro Shop!)


In theory, if someone did well in the first B-list debate, they would advance to the main stage the next time around. Carly Fiorina was the obvious standout of the Fox News forum, so most observers assumed she would appear at the adults’ table for CNN’s round two. Not so fast… Scissors-32x32.pnghttps://ricochet.com/cnn-improves-debate-rules-fiorina-the-big-winner/

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