UPDATE: CNN has amended its rules. According to the network, they’ve re-evaluated their rules and based on the way the race has fluctuated, will structure their debate tiers on polls taken between August 6th and September 10th, rather than between July and August. According to CNN, this may adjust the “top-tier” of debate candidates, but no candidate will be officially placed until the September 10th window closes.
CNN has scheduled a phone call with the Republican Presidential candidates to discuss concerns with the methodology it used to determine participants in CNN’s September debate.
Currently, to be in the “top tier” of debating candidates, current candidates mCNN has scheduled a phone call at 5 p.m. EDT on Tuesday with the GOP presidential campaigns to discuss changes to the criteria determining which candidates will get to appear on main stage at the next debate later this month, The Washington Times has learned.
The call is the outgrowth of negotiations between CNN and the Republican National Committee, which sanctions the party’s debates, to address concerns raised by the GOP’s only female candidate, Carly Fiorina, that the original criteria wrongly has kept her form the stage even as she is rising in the polls.
CNN was using a system that required an average of all polls taken in the last two months, barring Fiorina from the main stage debate because she was polling so low before her first debate performance, but favoring candidates (like Scott Walker), who are polling out of the top tier now, but weren’t in early July.