- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 4, 2016

ABC News has announced the lineup for Saturday night’s Republican presidential debate — and Carly Fiorina is not on it.

The network said Mrs. Fiorina did not meet either of the criteria for making the debate just days before the New Hampshire primary — finishing in the top three of the Iowa caucuses or in the top six of a defined poll average.

Because several candidates from the initial 17-person field have dropped out of the race, there is no undercard debate. Of the candidates still active, only Mrs. Fiorina and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, who has never registered significantly in any poll, did not meet the criteria.

The invited candidates are Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Chris Christie.

Mrs. Fiorina has petitioned the Republican National Committee to force her onto the debate stage, noting among other things that she finished ahead of Mr. Kasich and Mr. Christie in Iowa. She has won the backing of such prominent Republicans as 2012 nominee Mitt Romney, Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in that effort.

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