McCain, Romney Criticize 10-Candidate Limit in Debate

John McCain and Mitt Romney, the past two Republican nominees, have come out against rules established for presidential debates in the 2016 election, Time reported.

Fox News and CNN are allowing no more than 10 candidates to take part in the first two GOP debates this summer. The networks plan to use national polls to determine who qualifies. Eleven contenders have formally declared their candidacies, and at least five more are expected to enter the race.

McCain, the Arizona senator and 2008 Republican candidate, and Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 nominee, are calling on their party’s national committee and the networks to abandon the 10-person limit.
“I think if you had these rules in 2007, I may never have been able to be the nominee of the party in 2008,” McCain told Time. “I think that it basically shuts out, obviously people who aren’t well known, but it also diminishes the importance of a state like New Hampshire, where people can come out of nowhere through their performance in the state and be successful. … It’s time to revisit this situation and make sure we are not fostering a process that eliminates a candidate before they’ve had a chance.”

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