Why Is Keyes In and Kucinich Out?
In light of what went on this afternoon, a lot of people are asking how Alan Keyes got into the Iowa debate. (More on Keyes’ rather interesting post-debate performance in a story I’m writing for later.) For the record, the Des Moines Register has made public its criteria for inclusion:
1. Candidates must have filed an FEC Form F-2 “Statement of Candidacy” with the Federal Election Commission.
2. Candidates must have publicly announced an intention to run for the nomination of the Republican or the Democratic Party for President of the United States.
3. Candidates must have had a campaign office inside the State of Iowa as of October 1, 2007.
4. Candidates must have employed at least one paid campaign staff representative to perform full-time campaign duties in the State of Iowa on behalf of the candidate since at least October 1, 2007.
5. Candidates must have had at least a 1% support showing in the Des Moines Register’s October, 2007 Iowa Poll.
Some of those seem a bit curious in Keyes’ case. But making the Register’s criteria even odder is the fact that Dennis Kucinich, who has been a staple of Democratic debates up until now and who seems to represent a significant slice of the Democratic primary electorate, will not be allowed to take part in tomorrow’s Democratic debate. You figure it out.