Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee Fail to Make Fox Business Prime Time Debate

Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee Don't Make
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will not be part of the prime time GOP debate being telecast by Fox Business Network on Tuesday.

Instead, they will be in the so-called “undercard” debate held earlier in the day.

The prime time debate will feature eight candidates, each of whom passed a polling average threshold.

“It doesn’t matter the stage, give me a podium and I’ll be there to talk about real issues like this,” Christie tweeted. He linked to a video of him that has gone viral, in which he talks of the epidemic of addiction and the failure to treat it like a disease. It has reached almost 6 million views since it was posted by Huffington Post.

“I’m happy to debate anyone, anywhere, anytime,” Huckabee tweeted. “We are months away from actual votes being cast and neither the pundits nor the press will decide this election, the people will.”

The candidates who made the prime time debate each scored 2.5% or higher based on an average of the four most recent national polls. They are: Donald Trump (25.3%), Ben Carson (24.5%), Marco Rubio (11.8%), Ted Cruz (10.0%), Jeb Bush (5.5%), Carly Fiorina (3.0%), John Kasich (2.8%) and Rand Paul (2.5%).

Christie and Huckabee will be joined in the “undercard” debate by Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum. Candidates in that debate must have met a threshold of  at least 1% support as determined by at least one of the four most recent national polls. George Pataki and Lindsey Graham failed to even make that mark and will not participate in that debate, scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET.

The primetime debate is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. ET and last two hours. Maria Bartiromo, Neil Cavuto and Wall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker will moderate.

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  1. Why do they continue to have wanna-be candidates with single digit poll numbers to waste ti me that the candidates with double digit poll #’s to be asked more questions? These people need to drop out.. several others need to do the same thing also.

    When you listen to politicians (especially those running for office) saying they will change things for the better, etc. etc… Guess what? It never happens! They just point their fingers at the other party and say it’s THEIR fault! Then we fools put the same lying people back in. Wow! Perhaps we really are insane…

    None of these candidates understand the true face of struggling American workers. Almost a majority of us are on public welfare programs like food stamps, section 8 housing, and SSI, because of low wages. Health insurance is too expensive (mine is $450/month… contrast this to my $24/month auto insurance from InsurancePanda… or my $11/month life insurance). Two thirds of young adults have student loans to which they cannot pay back due to lack of good jobs in the community.

    It is a shame what the government of the greatest country in the world has become. One party won’t allow the other party to move on with legislation, each party will make every effort to derail anything the opposite party is trying to do even if it benefits the American people

  2. Tea Party Massacre says:

    Somebody really needs to do something about Christie’s addiction to food and his own ego.

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