Maddow explains how CNN bent over backwards to let Perry debate

By Eric W. Dolan
Thursday, January 12, 2012 23:52 EDT
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On her show Thursday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explained how CNN bent its own guidelines to let Texas Gov. Rick Perry appear in the final debate before the South Carolina primary.

“Will Rick Perry be allowed into that debate? On the surface it appears he does not quality,” she noted.

According to CNN’s criteria, only candidates that place in the top four in Iowa or New Hampshire, or have 7 percent support in at least three national polls in January can participant in the debate.

Perry finished fifth in the Iowa caucus and sixth in the New Hampshire primary. But after scouring through polling data, CNN was able to claim that Perry had 7 percent support in three national polls.

Maddow’s guest, Felicia Sonmez of the Washington Post, noted that despite Perry’s focus on South Carolina, his polling numbers have only gone down.

Watch video, courtesy of MSNBC, below:

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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