Perry Doesn't Qualify for Debate, Gets Invited Anyway

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Rick Perry Doesn't Qualify For CNN's South Carolina Debate [UPDATED]

Despite his fifth place showing in Iowa and his last place showing in New Hampshire (where he pulled in less than one percent of the vote) Rick Perry is determined to compete in the South Carolina primary later this month.

Alas, for him, he currently doesn't qualify to participate in CNN's January 19 debate in Charleston, two days before the primary.

This could change, but at the moment, he hasn't done enough to earn a spot.

CNN announced Tuesday that a candidate will only receive an invite for the debate if he matches at least one of the four criteria:

A person must place in one of the top four slots in the final results of the Iowa Caucus.
A person must place in one of the top four slots in the final results of the New Hampshire Primary.
A person must receive an average of at least 7.00 percent in at least three national polls released between January 1 and January 18 that were conducted by major polling organizations.
A person must receive an average of at least 7.00 percent in at least three South Carolina polls released between January 1 and January 18 that were conducted by major polling organizations.

Perry placed fifth in Iowa and sixth in New Hampshire, so he doesn't meet the first two criteria.

In all the South Carolina and national polls released between January 1 and today, Perry has hit the 7% mark only once, in a Reuters poll. His average, then, of any three polls does not reach 7% and he does not meet the third and fourth criteria.

Read more: Rick Perry Doesn't Qualify For CNN's South Carolina Debate [UPDATED]
So the pathetic joke Rick Perry fails to meet ANY of the stated requirements to participate in the debate, finishing in last place in New Hampshire and Iowa, yet CNN will be bending the rules to invite him anyway.

Meanwhile candidates like fmr. Governor Buddy Roemer and fmr. Governor Gary Johnson were consistently excluded from the debates throughout this entire election season.

Can anyone explain that?
 
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Could be numerous reasons.... Ratings would be the first that comes to mind.
Pretty ridiculous, although I'm not at all surprised.
 
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Comedians always make for good ratings.
I'm surprised Michelle Bachmann wasn't invited too.
 
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Rick Perry Doesn't Qualify For CNN's South Carolina Debate [UPDATED]



So the pathetic joke Rick Perry fails to meet ANY of the stated requirements to participate in the debate, finishing in last place in New Hampshire and Iowa, yet CNN will be bending the rules to invite him anyway.

Meanwhile candidates like fmr. Governor Buddy Roemer and fmr. Governor Gary Johnson were consistently excluded from the debates throughout this entire election season.

Can anyone explain that?
nope. ask CNN.