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What’s Keeping Thad McCotter Out of the Debates?



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The Detroit News asks whether Rep. Thad McCotter of Michigan is any more of a presidential longshot than businessman Herman Cain, former Utah governor John Huntsman, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, and Texas congressman Ron Paul.

Technically, yes.

Having said that, Bloomberg didn’t even include him in their list of candidates in their most recent poll. Nor did CNN. Nor did PPP. Nor did the Washington Post.

Fox News did, and McCotter failed to generate a percentage point. His “peak” may very well have been an August 7 Fox News poll when he hit one percent.

But it is a bit unfair for debate sponsors to use McCotter’s poor poll standing as a reason to exclude him (a five-term congressman and former chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee) and then not include him on their list of candidate options when they conduct those polls.

I’ll note, part of my view on this is based simply on the entertainment value of having the dry humor of McCotter on the debate stage. Come on, organizers. Give him a shot, at least one debate.

From his recent appearance:

“I’ve been running around Iowa and New Hampshire. You may not have heard a whole lot about that . . . And  at the Iowa, Pork County GOP fest, warmly received with a standing ovation, and the same from the Corn Growers. (laughter) Well, yes, I like to eat.”

“I have no doubt that the people in the Republican party know we cannot beat Barack Obama with a bumper sticker, and we cannot expect him to defeat himself, because he will have much help — much of it coming, actually from the people paying little attention to our campaign so far . . . Make no mistake: The most powerful special interest is big government, and Barack Obama is its lobbyist.”


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