Carly Rips CNN Debate Criteria, Calls On RNC to Intervene – National Review

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Candidate Fiorina says she shouldn’t have to sit at the kids’ table any longer.

Carly Fiorina’s presidential campaign is weighing in for the first time on CNN’s criteria for including candidates in the second presidential debate — slamming the network for its reliance on old polls, blasting the “political establishment,” and calling on the Republican National Committee to intervene on the campaign’s behalf.

In a memo set to be released on Wednesday morning, an advance copy of which was obtained by National Review, Fiorina’s deputy campaign manager, Sarah Isgur Flores, hammers the network for its reliance on polling conducted prior to the first debate, in which she is widely perceived to have dominated the “undercard” event.

“It’s a simple question: Will we have a fair debate process or will the political establishment keep ignoring grassroots Republicans?” she asks.

CNN plans to use an average of polls conducted between July 16 and September 12 to cement its top-ten lineup for the main stage. But only three polls have been released since the Fox News debate on August 6 — a marked contrast to the flood of surveys leading up to the event. This means that Fiorina’s weak pre-debate polling, with numbers hovering around 1 percent, are likely to outweigh the surge that followed her standout performance on the undercard stage.

Flores notes that in the three national polls released since the debate, Fiorina has ranked between fourth and seventh place, and that her name ID and net favorability have risen by double digits. Those polls have put her ahead of candidates who made it on the main stage in the last debate, including John Kasich and Marco Rubio.

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