The fourth Republican debate will be hosted by Fox Business next Tuesday in Milwaukee and they have raised the polling cut-off number for making the main event. It’s not good news for either Chris Christie or Mike Huckabee, neither of whom made the 2.5 percent limit for the main debate. This means that they will be at the “kiddie table” debate. Oh my.
Fox Business Network made the announcement on Thursday and reaction was swift from Christie. He Tweeted:
— Chris Christie (@ChrisChristie) November 6, 2015
Sounding very chipper, isn’t he? But you know that’s got to hurt. Especially after his small surge in the polling after the last debate. To get onto that main stage, candidates only had to make the one percent cut-off. This switch-up must sting. But Christie isn’t showing his disappointment.
Thursday evening, he told NBC’s Hallie Jackson:
… either way, I’ll be in Milwaukee Tuesday night debating the big issues of our country, putting my voice onto those issues and that’s what really matters the most. But would I pick it? No of course not.
Right? Because who wants to be relegated to the lesser of the two debates? But think… sharing a stage with Huckabee, Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum might make Christie look better by comparison. Let’s face it, those three are Evangelical ideologues. Christie, for all his faults, mostly tries to focus on real issues. This debate might make him look more presidential.
So, let’s look at the line-ups for the two debates. At the “Kiddie Table” debate, we will watch Christie face Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum (yes he’s still running). For the Main Event, we get Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb! Bush, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich and (by a hair) Rand Paul.
Who’s missing? Lindsey Graham, George Pataki and Jim Gilmore. These three should consider dropping out before they waste more money on a hopeless cause. If you can’t even make one percent, you’re just spinning your wheels.
As the field of candidates shrinks, the “Kiddie Table” debate will pass away. It’s fun while it lasts, though.
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