Carly Fiorina, the only remaining Republican excluded from Saturday night's ABC News debate in New Hampshire, now has the support of former presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich in her bid to be allowed on stage with the rest of the GOP field.
The former CEO of Hewlett-Packard will not appear in the debate due to the Republican National Committee's debate criteria. She's polling seventh in New Hampshire, and there's no undercard debate.
Fiorina sent a letter to the RNC yesterday, asking them to amend the criteria and include her.
She got a couple of big voices to join the call to #LetCarlyDebate Thursday, which her campaign has been pushing on social media.
Gingrich, former speaker of the House of Representatives and a candidate in 2012, argued that Fiorina had earned a spot on the stage due to her sixth-place Iowa finish. Fiorina bested both Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the Iowa caucus vote count, though they're both polling well ahead of her in New Hampshire.
.@abcnews should put @CarlyFiorina in the new hampshire debate.she came in ahead of kasich and christie. She has earned a spot.— newtgingrich (@newtgingrich) 1454609851.0
Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee, agreed with Gingrich and added that the RNC shouldn't keep the only female candidate from the stage.
Hey @ABC: put @CarlyFiorina on the debate stage! She got more Iowa votes than John and Chris. Don't exclude only woman.— Mitt Romney (@Mitt Romney) 1454609115.0
Fiorina and neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who is in Saturday's debate, have gone back and forth for the seventh-place spot in recent New Hampshire polls:
Former Virignia Gov. Jim Gilmore, who garnered a total of 12 votes in Iowa, is also not participating in Saturday’s debate.
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