Presidential Debate Criteria Set

Bookmark and Share On May 5th, Fox News and the South Carolina Republican Party will be holding one of the first official Republican presidential debates and today they have released the qualifications that candidates must reach in order to be eligible to participate.

According to a press release from Fox News “Every potential debate candidate must meet all six steps of the … criteria no later than 5 p.m. [Eastern time] on Friday, April 29, in order to be eligible for participation in the debate”

All participants must:

  1. Register a presidential exploratory committee or have announced a formal campaign for president.
  2. File all required paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission.
  3. File necessary paperwork with the South Carolina Republican Party.
  4. Paid federal and state filing fees.
  5. Meet all constitutional requirements.
  6. Received at least an average of 1 percent in five national polls, based on the most recent polling leading up to April 29th.

According to South Carolina State GOP Chairwoman Karen Floyd, so far those who expect to meet the qualifications and to participate in the debate include former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania will participate.

One of the often mentioned names that has declined to participate is former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

And in case you didnt notice, since Ron Paul has stated he will be participating, I guess that answers the question of whether or not he is running for President.

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