The Candidate Cutoff For The CNBC GOP Debate Should Be 5 Percent
September 21, 2015

If the GOP field is the same size or slightly lower for October 28th as it is today, then there should be something done to alleviate the madness of having over ten people on stage at he same time.

It's up to the networks to put the pressure on the RNC and struggling candidates, who control how they run their debates. In all fairness to the other GOP candidates, CNN should never have allowed Carly Fiorina into the main debate last Wednesday, which made it eleven candidates debating for three hours. She then incredibly received the third most air time of all the candidates to fight with Donald Trump (which helped elevate her in the new CNN poll) than most of the other candidates, who've had much better polling numbers than she had. If that seemed fishy to you, you're not alone.

Reducing the number of candidates from the main debate will also allow for time to actually hear them give specifics on their vision for the country and what they would do to implement that vision. I know the RNC is in charge and they haven't even signaled if they'll have a Kiddie table in the next round.

The Republican National Committee is not ready to commit to having an undercard debate the next time around, spokesman Sean Spicer said on Thursday. RNC officials will be watching the race unfold over the next few weeks to see if any candidates drop out, and how many. But unless there’s a mass exodus of longshots, the party would be confronting the possibility of trying to fit a dozen or more candidates on stage for the October 28 debate in Boulder, Colorado, which will air on CNBC.

The RNC all along has tried to not repeat the embarrassing debacle of the 2012 GOP presidential primary race, but instead are making it much worse. Using my plan, and if polling numbers stayed the same, we'd have these seven in the main debate:

Trump
Fiorina
Carson
Rubio
Bush
Cruz
Huckabee

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With Scott Walker gone from the mix, they kiddie debate will have:

Christie
Kasich
Santorum
Jindal
Gilmore
Graham
Pataki

Why reward candidates like Christie and Kasich, who have been failing to move the dial at all since they began their campaigns? Let them all fight it out in the early round and maybe someone does as well as Carly did in the first kiddie debate - which might elevate them out of the bowels of the GOP race.

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