This just in...
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Fox News will have a say in deciding which Republican presidential candidates participate in next month's debate in South Carolina.
State Party chairman Katon Dawson and a spokesman for the news channel said Thursday that they had agreed on a criteria, including polling numbers, for choosing which of the 10 GOP candidates will take part in the May 15 debate.
''We understand there's not room for everybody on a nationwide political stage for a Republican debate,'' Dawson said.
Odd, there was room for eight candidates on the Democratic Debate stage last week? I guess the Republicans can't afford an adult-sized stage -- where are they going? To the Disney Channel?
Oh - that's right -- the debate in question is being hosted by Fox. I wonder who they will let in?
They [candidates appearing in the Debate] also must have ''garnered at least 1 percent in recent state and national polls leading up to the registration deadline, as determined by Fox News Channel and the South Carolina Republican Party,'' according to Rob Godfrey, the state party's communications director.
In a variety of national and state polls, seven of the 10 candidates hover around 1 percent or less. Only Rudy Giuliani, John McCain and Mitt Romney easily meet the criteria based on polling.
Hmm, well I guess this isn't just an instance of Fox hosting the debate and therefore dictating their own terms, right? After all, MSNBC is hosting the Republican debate this Thursday and they must have imposed the same limits...?
All 10 Republican candidates will be participating in the first Republican debate next Thursday at the Reagan Library in California.
Note: Wizbang Blue is now closed and our authors have moved on. Paul Hooson can now be found at Wizbang Pop!. Please come see him there!