ABC News announced the lineup for Saturday’s Republican presidential debate — and Iowa caucus winner Ted Cruz is not happy with it.
Frontrunner Donald Trump will once again be manning the center podium during the candidates’ final face-off before the New Hampshire primary, according to the network. But that’s not what has Cruz so steamed.
It’s who won’t be appearing at all that concerns him — former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.
The Texas senator announced Thursday that it was a mistake to exclude her, and called upon the Republican National Committee and ABC News to place her on the stage because “she would add a beneficial element to the debate.”
Watch his statement via CNN.
Fiorina used social media to express her gratitude for Cruz’s support:
.@tedcruz, thanks for standing for the fair debate the American people deserve!
— Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina) February 4, 2016
Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore also didn’t make the cut.
Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will be standing next to Trump.
The remaining candidates who qualified for the debate are Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
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