MANCHESTER, N.H. - Carly Fiorina thinks that as the oniy woman in the Republican presidential field she should be in Saturday's debate in New Hampshire, the day before the first-in-the-nation primary.
While the list of eligible candidates for the ABC News debate has not yet been released, Fiorina anticipated the possibility that she could be the only candidate left who does not make the stage and sent the Republican National Committee a letter Wednesday asking to be invited, calling the debate process "broken."
“It’s hard to justify a single candidate, the only woman, being excluded,” Fiorina told The Hill following a campaign event for college students at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics.
Saturday night’s debate is the first not to include a "happy hour" contest for candidates who do not meet the standards for the main stage. Its criteria requires a top three finish in Iowa – or recent polls averaging as one of the top six candidates in New Hampshire or national polls.
That leaves Fiorina as the only candidate who doesn’t make the cut, after Rand PaulRand PaulTrump’s feud with the press in the spotlight Rand Paul: We’re very lucky John McCain’s not in charge Rand Paul: John Bolton would be a 'bad choice' for national security adviser MORE dropped out earlier Wednesday and reports that Rick Santorum will do the same Wednesday night.
“I started out 17 out of 16 and now there are eight of us left -- and I think voters deserve to see all eight.”
But even if she does not end up on stage Saturday, Fiorina didn’t think it would affect her campaign.
“No one debate determines a campaign. I have come further from further behind from anyone running ... Eight people have dropped because they didn’t have the money. They didn’t have the support. They didn’t have the team. We have all of those things.”