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Good. 7-9 candidates at this stage of the race, all up on stage at the same time — well…it’s a waste of time. Huntsman is not a serious candidate; he’s Obama’s insider. And while we’re eliminating not-serious candidates from the state, we should also eliminate Rick Santorum, Gary Johnson, and Michelle Bachman from the next debate.
And soon after that whittle it down to just the top 4: Perry, Cain, Romney, and…uh…well…I’d prefer to keep Newt on the stage just because he’s the most entertaining and smartest guy on the stage. But he’s not really a serious candidate, either.
Via The New York Times:
Jon Huntsman, the former governor of Utah, has been in every presidential debate since he threw his hat in the ring last June.
Now, that may change.
CNN, which is hosting a debate in Las Vegas on Oct. 18, has set criteria for participation that Mr. Huntsman — at this point — has not managed to meet.
The network has said candidates must reach an average level of support of 2 percent in three separate polls by news organizations published since Sept. 1. Mr. Huntsman has reached 2 percent in two polls, but has been at 1 percent in the rest.
If he doesn’t reach 2 percent in a third poll by Oct. 16, Mr. Huntsman will not be on the stage. Sam Feist, the Washington bureau chief for CNN, said Monday that the network set the 2 percent floor months ago and hasn’t changed it.
“To be clear, it’s the same exact standard we’ve had for all our debates,” Mr. Feist said.