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article imageGary Johnson to be excluded from June 13 CNN GOP debate

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By Michael Krebs     Jun 4, 2011 in Politics
Citing 'objective criteria,' CNN has opted to not invite Libertarian-leaning Republican Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson to participate in the June 13 GOP debate in New Hampshire.
In a setback for the Gary Johnson presidential campaign, which has centered on a strategy of tackling New Hampshire, CNN has not invited Mr. Johnson to attend the June 13 debate among Republican presidential candidates, Fox News reported on Friday.
A former two-term New Mexico governor and Libertarian-leaning Republican presidential candidate, Mr. Johnson is broadly seen as an underdog in the 2012 presidential contest. In recognition of this status, Johnson intended to focus on New Hampshire in hopes of propelling his candidacy nationally from the early New Hampshire primary.
"No reason was given, other than being told by CNN before this morning's announcement that they would be applying ‘objective criteria'. Otherwise, we have heard nothing other than the announcement of who would be participating," a source from the Gary Johnson campaign told Fox News.
CNN defined its three-point notion of "objective criteria" on its website:
"1. A candidate must have received an average of at least 2.00 % in at least three national polls released between April 1 and April 30 that were conducted by the following: ABC, AP, Bloomberg, CBS, CNN, FOX, Gallup, Los Angeles Times, Marist, McClatchy, NBC, Newsweek, Pew, Quinnipiac, Reuters, USA Today and Time.
2. A candidate must have received an average of at least 2.00 % in at least three national polls released between May 1 and May 31 that were conducted by the following: ABC, AP, Bloomberg, CBS, CNN, FOX, Gallup, Los Angeles Times, Marist, McClatchy, NBC, Newsweek, Pew, Quinnipiac, Reuters, USA Today and Time.
3. A candidate must have received an average of at least 2.00 % in polls of New Hampshire voters conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center released between May 1 and May 31."
However, Johnson sees the snub as an issue that effects independent voters.
“I respect the right of CNN and the other sponsors of the June 13 New Hampshire Republican presidential primary debate to apply their own criteria and invite who they choose,” Johnson said in a statement Friday, according to the New Mexico Independent. “It is, however, unfortunate that a significant segment of the Republican Party, and more importantly, millions of independent voters who might be Republican voters, will not have a voice on the stage in Manchester.”
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