Rand Paul may end campaign if he misses debate cut
Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Noisy democracy, or rude people behaving like children? Lawmakers, Wall Street shrug off Trump's escalating Fed attacks MORE (R-Ky.) on Saturday indicated he may end his White House bid if he does not end up in the main stage of CNN’s GOP presidential debate on Tuesday.
 
“We will make an announcement, on that, on Tuesday,” Paul told reporters when asked about whether he will remain in the race if he drops to the undercard debate, according to the Boston Globe. A spokesman later told the newspaper that the senator was referring to whether he would participate in the undercard debate next Tuesday.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
The Hill reported Friday that Paul faces a serious risk of missing the prime-time debate, depending on how his polling this weekend goes.
 
Under CNN’s rules, a candidate can make the main stage if they garner 3.5 percent in an average of national polls or 4 percent in an average of polls in either Iowa or New Hampshire.
 
Paul’s best hope is a weekend bump in Iowa polling.
 
He garnered 3 percent support in a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll released Saturday afternoon.
 
CNN will reveal the lineup for the debate on “State of the Union” on Sunday morning.
 
Paul on Friday called for CNN to tweak its rules in a similar manner to how the network approached its September debate.
 
“We think if they give us the same treatment that Carly Fiorina was given last time, that you measure from debate to debate, that we do meet the criteria,” Paul said on Fox News.
 
“I have every expectation that I will be treated fairly. But I want the same and equal treatment that other candidates have gotten in the past,” he said. “We have a first-tier campaign and we don't plan on being labeled by the mainstream media anything less.”
 
This report was updated at 8:46 a.m. on Dec. 13.