Why is Rick Perry Invited to the CNN Debate, But Not Buddy Roemer?
EDITOR’S UPDATE: Turns out according to CNN and the joys of rounding, Perry does indeed make the cut:
Perry was at seven percent in two national polls, but a third poll, from CBS News, asked the same question twice, one of which had him at seven percent, and the other at six percent. Even if it was only six percent, Feist said Perry would have qualified:
“If you average 7, 7 and 6, you get 6.67. And across the board, in polling methodology, you round up to get to the next digit. And so even if you were to insist – even if someone were to insist that we use CBS’s non-traditional methodology, in which case Governor Perry gets a 6, with the other two polls in which he is listed as 7, average to 6.67, yielding a 7.”
CNN has not wavered in either direction to correct their egregious bending of their own debate rules. As Brandon wrote a few days ago, the Texas Governor Rick Perry has been invited to participate in next week’s debate even though he fails to meet the stated criteria. The latest polling available at Real Clear Politics shows Perry is woefully short of the 7% polling rule required given his finishing places in Iowa and New Hampshire.
If CNN is going to persist in bending the rules, why not let former Governor Buddy Roemer participate? Certainly it isn’t because the debate would suffer, in fact a fresh perspective may be just what the GOP debates need. There is real value in Buddy participating to express his ideas so people may formulate additional questions they want other candidates to weigh in on. What’s the downside?
Part of the reason CNN is so seemingly pro-Perry but anti-Roemer in this case may be simply because of all the money that has spent for Perry in South Carolina. It seems that Rick Perry and his Super PAC, Make Us Great Again, have already spent $9.3 million on TV ads, second only to Romney’s $11.5 million. Nobody knows exactly how much money Perry has left on-hand but he’s sure to spend it in Florida, and he assuredly will be buying more spots than Roemer could, so I just have to wonder how much of that will find its way into the coffers of CNN’s friends in Florida.
The great irony in all of this is Rick Perry may be in the debate because of his prolific fundraising and ability to make larger media buys. That is the antithesis of one of Buddy Roemer’s primary talking points: campaign finance reform and the elimination of “big bucks” in politics.