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Baltimore Sun: Why Is CNN Blocking Johnson From Its Debate?

June 12, 2011Posted in Blog, Facebook, Gov. Gary Johnson, New Hampshire, Twitter

From the Baltimore Sun:

On Monday night, CNN, the New Hampshire Union Leader and other sponsors will hold a debate in New Hampshire — and Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum will all be attending.

That’s virtually every major declared Republican candidate. Except one. And that exclusion — and the reasoning behind it — is downright puzzling.

Meet Gary Johnson. He’s a two-term governor of New Mexico. (That’s one more term than Mitt Romeny and almost two terms more than Sarah Palin.) Johnson holds many positions that Republicans might like: While governor, he did what most politicians find impossible: Actually shrinking government (not just slowing the expansion of government). He vetoed more bills than the 49 other governors combined.

But it’s not just the fact that Johnson has more top executive experience than any other GOP candidate (or his success in the very-difficult art of actually limiting government) that makes his exclusion strange. He also qualifies for inclusion in the debate based on CNN’s own criteria.

CNN’s criterion No. 2 states that any candidate who demonstrates the following will be included in the debate: “A candidate must have received an average of at least 2.00 % in at least three national polls released between May 1 and May 31 that were conducted by the following: ABC, AP, Bloomberg, CBS, CNN, FOX, Gallup, Los Angeles Times, Marist, McClatchy, NBC, Newsweek, Pew, Quinnipiac, Reuters, USA Today and Time.”

The Johnson campaign quickly jumped on this criterion and produced required three polls (by CNN, Gallup and Quinnipiac) whose average puts Johnson squarely at 2 percent.

The debate organizers responded: Those polls aren’t good enough.

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