Editor’s Note: At press time, CNN announced they will change their debate format to use poll results from August 7 to September 10 to select the top 10 GOP contenders for the televised debate on September 16.
When the Cleveland, Ohio debate took place on August 6, at least half of the country did not have any idea who Carly Fiorina was and what she stands for; but by the end of the event the whole nation was aware that there was a real candidate, a female candidate, that can face any Democrat rival she may have to face in the general elections.
Politicians, as we all know, do not make it easy for constituents to be able to make up their minds about what candidate they like; politics, however, during presidential campaigns, strives to put forth the best candidate to take the country out of the dilemma it’s been in for the last four or eight years, and that has become part of the American way of life.
Despite Carly Fiorina’s debate success, the organizers of the next debate on September 16, the CNN News empire, has tried to keep her out of the debate using ridiculous excuses that amount to CNN’s insecurity, ignorance and violation of free speech, perhaps including discrimination due to the fact that Ms.Fiorina is a woman.
The score that three of the candidates running for the presidency in next year’s election are non-politics, successful business people including Carly Fiorina showing that the American voters are tired of
“business as usual” attitude of the professional politicians that have made a career out of an allege “servicing the community” attitude and CNN knows that and don’t like what they see.
There is no need for Ms. Fiorina to take time off from her campaign to fight the unfair decision of keeping her out of the next debate two weeks from now.
“Based on every meaningful metric, I’ve earned a place on the main stage,” Ms. Fiorina wrote in an email to The Wall Street Journal.
On Wednesday, Fiorina’s campaign accused CNN of establishing unfair admission standards for the September 16 debate; those standards could keep her out of the main event, and relegate her to a smaller venue.
In an email sent to the Las Vegas Tribune, Carly Fiorina’s campaign said, “CNN can’t seem to get their story straight, but one thing is clear — they are rigging the system to keep Carly off that stage.”
“Carly Fiorina has polled within the top ten nationally and within the top five in almost every state poll since the Fox News debate. But CNN’s debate criteria twist the rules to favor professional
politicians and may keep Carly out of the prime time debate — even though Carly is in 7th place in CNN’s own poll!” the email explained.
Ms. Fiorina’s claim to a spot in the big show is the latest salvo in her campaign’s effort to pressure CNN, which is airing the Sept.16 debate from the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif., to alter its rules to improve her odds of appearing with the first-tier candidates.
The mainstream media is doing everything they can to keep Carly out of the debate because they know Carly is Hillary’s fiercest and most effective critic. And the RNC’s support of CNN makes it clear the political establishment in DC wants to keep Carly out of the prime time debate because she isn’t afraid to challenge the failures of the professional political class. Rather than standing with the conservative grassroots that are supporting Carly, the RNC is standing with the Clinton News Network.
“It is common for the mainstream media to try to control and manipulate the direction of candidates’ campaigns, steering them to what they want to accomplish,” says Rolando Larraz, Founder-Publisher of the Las Vegas Tribune.
Larraz remembered years back when wealthy Hollywood movie producer Aaron Russo had flirted with political runs for, and actually became a candidate in, the race for Nevada Governor.
In the 1998 Republican primary, Russo garnered a decent 26 percent in the four-way race and refused to participate in a debate when some of the candidates were ousted from participating.
“The people should be able to hear what every candidate has to say; and if they have the right to run, they sure as hell should have the right to be heard,” Russo told the Las Vegas Tribune back then from his Tropicana Avenue headquarters’ office.
“If the candidates are so good, so noble, and have so many other fine qualifications as they claim, they could show CNN who the candidate is and who is in charge by not participating in the debate until Carly Fiorina is included,” Larraz said.
It’s always been a wonder why the media has to create and fund these debates, as opposed to the candidates’ party affiliations, but up to now political candidates have been afraid of the mainstream media and in some cases even of the local news organizations in key states.
The problem for Ms. Fiorina, a former secretary pushing papers, that rose to chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard Co., is CNN’s rules and the fact that she is a threat to all men on the main stage by being an intelligent, gutsy, go get’em female.