CANDIDATE-IN-NAME-ONLY EXCLUDED FROM “KIDDIE TABLE” DEBATE
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has been bumped from next week’s presidential debate on Fox Business Network. Actually let’s clarify that … Graham never had a chance at qualifying for the actual debate. What we mean to say is he’s been bumped from the “kiddie table” debate … you know, the debate before the debate where you only have to hit the one percent threshold of support to qualify.
Neither Graham nor former New York governor George Pataki managed to hit that mark, meaning they’re out. Meanwhile former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and New Jersey governor Chris Christie have been bumped from the main stage for failing to hit the 2.5 percent threshold.
Graham barely made the “kiddie stage” at the last debate – qualifying at the last moment when one poll put him at one percent.
Of course Graham isn’t letting this latest snub slow down his painfully transparent bid to become America’s next Secretary of Defense.
(Wait … you thought he was running for president?)
“Regardless of this decision … Senator Graham continues to be the foremost expert on foreign policy and national security in this field of candidates, on either stage,” a statement from Graham’s campaign noted.
“Foremost expert on foreign policy?” Um … about that.
The statement also made a curious reference to Graham’s military service.
“It is ironic that the only veteran in the race is going to be denied a voice the day before Veterans Day,” it stated.
Wow … really?
Given the extent to which Graham’s “military record” has been exposed, it’s amazing to see him playing that card.
Of course desperate times call for desperate measures.
Since announcing his presidential bid, Graham has managed to turn “long-shot” into “embarrassment.” And while he can’t even crack the five percent mark in his home state, he has succeeded in freezing out a lot of “First in the South” support.
Fox Business Network will air its presidential debates next Tuesday evening. The “kiddie table” debate will air at 7:00 p.m. EST followed by the main debate at 9:00 p.m. EST.