Whoa! I did not expect this to happen. CNN is reporting that the NH Republican party is pulling it’s support from Sunday’s GOP debates because Fox ejected Ron Paul and Duncan Hunter from the lineup.
I’m a bit unclear how Paul was denied a spot. Fox News says:
The network said it had limited space in its studio — a souped-up bus — and that it invited candidates who had received double-digit support in recent polls.
But it seems in checking out TPMs roundup of polls that Paul is polling in 3rd place as of today, at least with Rasmussen.
Here’s some tables:
Suffolk University Tracking Poll
January 5 January 4 Percent Change Mitt Romney 30 percent 29 percent +1 John McCain 26 percent 25 percent +1 Mike Huckabee 11 percent 13 percent – 2 Rudy Giuliani 11 percent 9 percent +2
Also from the Suffolk site:
In the Republican Primary, Romney (29 percent) led McCain (25 percent), while Iowa Caucus Republican winner Mike Huckabee (13 percent) continued to gain ground. Candidates remaining static were Rudy Giuliani (9 percent), Ron Paul (8 percent), Fred Thompson (2 percent) and Duncan Hunter (1 percent). Twelve percent were undecided.
Republicans – NH Tracking
Some other candidate
In other words, it seems that Paul is doing better on the Republican side than Thompson and Giuliani in one case, yet both of those guys were invited to the souped-up bus
What is interesting are the comment sections on news sites. The Republicans are pissed, even if they aren’t Paul supporters. They see what is happening and are upset that the media is, once again, choosing who is electable and who isn’t.