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Fox Business has strict preconditions for their debate and that means the top tier has been slashed and others won't even make the first debate.
Governor Chris Christie and former Governor Mike Huckabee have both been dropped from the main debate stage and have been relegated to the earlier debate. This marks a huge blow for both candidates because the viewership for the earlier debate is much lower and it is going to be very difficult for them to make their way back to the main debate stage again. This hurts Governor Christie the most because he was seen as a top VP pick back in 2012 and many thought he would be a leading candidate for 2016.
Two other candidates weren't invited to participate in the early debate. Senator Lindsey Graham and former New York governor George Pataki weren't invited to participated in either debate after failing to meet the standards set by the Fox Business Channel.
It's not surprising that all of these campaigns aren't happy with the decisions made by Fox Business, but I have to admit that I don't see anything wrong with it. It's very hard to have a quality debate when there are so many people on the same stage sharing a finite amount of time and it only makes sense to set a bar that will limit the number of individuals who can participate.
Do you agree or did Fox Business make the wrong decision in limiting who can participate?