Rick Santorum recently announced that he would be running for President under the GOP ticket. Recently, Fox News announced that its Republican presidential primary debate in August would include only the 10 candidates polling the highest in national surveys. After the announcement, Rick Santorum denounced the criteria, according to The New York Times.
“In January of 2012, I was at 4 percent in the national polls, and I won the Iowa caucuses,” said Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, who is now near the bottom of most national surveys.
Fox News announced Thursday that the debate competitors would be determined by averaging their last five major national polls. The top 10 competitors will be allowed to debate. The field could expand to 11 if there’s a tie for 10th, according to CBS News.
Santorum’s concern may be legitimate. The situation is reminiscent of Ron Paul in 2012. Paul was excluded from the first Fox debate that year although he performed well in some polls. The 2011 Straw Poll showed that Ron Paul was a legitimate candidate in Iowa. Paul finished second. Paul finished third in the caucuses with 21 percent of the vote, according to the publication The Iowa Republican. Paul also placed first in a Fox News poll, but Fox changed the location of the poll on their website to an area difficult to find, writes RT.
The national British election will take place on Thursday May 7th, as decreed by the Fixed Term Parliament Act, which was enacted on September 15th, 2011.
Recently, there was a televised debate that failed to give any party a decisive boost, according to The Week.
The “slugging match” that came afterward was over Trident nuclear submarines and the tax arrangements of people living in the U.K. who have a foreign residence, or “non-doms.” The debate appeared to have put the Labor Party on top of the heap.
Then came the “Challengers Debate,” which included the five main opposition leaders, but neither incumbent David Cameron of the Conservative Party nor Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats, was there. Most pundits suggested that either Ed Miliband of the Labor Party or Nicola Sturgeon of the Scottish National Party (SNP) came out on top.
With three weeks to go, the British election still looks as unpredictable and unusual as ever.
Conservative and Labor are the two main rivals, and they remain neck and neck in the polls. The race between them has not looked so tight since 1992, states The Week.