Posted: 9:28 pm Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
By Jamie Dupree
With the GOP field for President growing, CNN announced on Wednesday that it would hold two different gatherings at a scheduled September debate in California, one for the “top ten” Republican hopefuls along with a second event for those GOP candidates who don’t qualify for the main event.
It could mean as many as 18 different Republican candidates on stage for two different debate ‘segments” at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, on September 16.
I'm hoping we can get a total of 64 Republican candidates so CNN can run their debate like an NCAA basketball bracket
— Michael McDonald (@ElectProject) May 20, 2015
It wasn’t too hard to then move that basketball analogy for the CNN debate one step further:
CNN will divide its GOP debate in Sept. into two groups: the top 10 and the others. Sort of like the NCAA tourney and the NIT. #nottheonion
— Tim Chong (@TBOTim) May 21, 2015
Meanwhile, Fox News said it would allow for ten Republican candidates at the first GOP debate, to be held August 6 in Cleveland – as well as extra coverage for those who don’t make the cut.
Glad @FoxNews released metrics for 1st debate. I'll look forward to making the cut and making my case to GOP voters on Aug 6th.
— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) May 21, 2015
But right now, the national polling numbers for Fiorina would have her on the outside looking in.
The CNN debate at the Ronald Reagan library in Simi Valley, California will have two portions – “Segment A” is for those Republicans who satisfy the selection criteria but aren’t high enough in the polls, while “Segment B” is for the top candidates.
You can see the full CNN criteria here.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.