Sunday, September 4, 2011

Johnson camp questions debate exclusion | Iowa Independent

Johnson camp questions debate exclusion | Iowa Independent - Lynda Waddington, Sep. 1, 2011:

“'If the Reagan Library doesn’t have room for Gary Johnson at next week’s debate, maybe they need a bigger stage,' said Ron Nielson, senior advisor for Johnson’s campaign.

"Nielson cites the Aug. 29 CNN/ORC Poll (PDF) that places Johnson at 2 percent — a percentage above former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, both of whom are expected to participate. In addition, Atlanta businessman Herman Cain also drew 2 percent in the poll, and he has also been invited to participate.... Of the four, Johnson, who did not garner 1 percent in earlier polling, [is] the only one trending upward.

“'If Governor Johnson’s exclusion is because there isn’t enough room or not enough microphones, just let us know and we will be happy to bring our own,' Nielson said. 'Even if the national elite media doesn’t want to hear his ideas for balancing the budget now, cutting defense spending, or keeping the government out of so-called social issues, just tell us. But, do not try to justify his exclusion by saying he should have registered at 4 percent in a poll several months ago instead of 3 percent. That excuse just doesn’t fly, especially when the result is to muzzle a successful two-term governor who is doing just as well in recent polls as others who are invited.'

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