In a spectacular display of political perfidy Fox News is now reporting that all ten Republican candidates will be allowed to participate in the upcoming May 15 Republican debate in Columbia, South Carolina.
All the candidates met the established criteria to participate in the debate, said South Carolina Republican Party Communications Director Rob Godfrey. That included filing the appropriate paperwork establishing an exploratory committee, paying the appropriate fees to appear on the South Carolina Republican Party primary ballot and garnering at least 1 percent in state and national polling conducted between April 1-3 by FOX News and Opinion Dynamics.
Interesting... the criteria announced a few weeks ago mentioned the 1 percent hurdle, but recent polls conducted by Fox News show that not all candidates meet that threshold. Ron Paul and Jim Gilmore, both of whom participated in the last debate, fall below the 1 percent line in the most recent poll, conducted April 17-18 (pdf - see question 17a on page 6).
And yes, the cite above does say that they were using the April 1-3 poll as their criteria...
To which I say - What April 1-3 poll?
As you can see from the poll results linked there's no April 1-3 poll listed. In fact I've looked all over the web and haven't been able to locate an April 1-3 Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll of the Republicans candidates, so what gives?
Note also that the criteria containing the 1 percent hurdle was announced on April 26, 2007 -- but they reached back to an April 1-3 poll -- one that I haven't been locate anywhere -- to justify a flip-flop allowing all 10 candidates to participate? If you want to change the criteria - why not just be honest about it and just announce a change?
I guess this is just another one of those moves by Fox and the Republicans that makes you go "hmmm...."
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