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Fox News Denies Fred Karger Qualifies for IA Debate

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Fox News says that openly-gay Republican presidential hopeful Fred Karger does NOT meet the requirements to participate in the cable news network’s debate in Ames, Iowa.

Karger—a former GOP consultant turned 2012 contender—sent Fox News a letter early Friday saying that the 2-percent standing he received in a newly-released Harris Interactive poll means he qualifies for the August 11th event. Karger says he has now received an average of one percent in five national polls, which Fox News cites as a requirement to participate in its debate.

But in a statement to OutQ News, Fox News’s Vice President of News Michael Clemente says that three of the polls Karger refers to are ONLINE surveys, which do NOT meet their criteria. The channel also rejected another poll in which Karger received less than one-percent, saying the threshold is exactly one-percent.

Karger notes ironically that the cable news network was the FIRST to include him in a national poll on April 28th. Fox says that particular poll, though, does not qualify him for the debate because it is “out of date.”

But Karger tells OutQ News it “may come down to attorneys now” if Fox News continues to deny his participation.

KARGER: I contend they are creating these rules, making a subjective criteria as opposed to objective criteria, and the law is very specific on that.

Karger says the online polls—conducted by Zogby and Harris Interactive, respectively—are still professional surveys that should be included.

Meanwhile, Karger says he’s excited about his 2-percent standing in the latest Harris poll, which places him on-par with two considerably bigger names: Tim Pawlenty and Jon Huntsman.

Written by Xorje Olivares

August 5, 2011 at 5:21 PM

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  1. [...] a statement to OutQ News — a gay and lesbian news blog — Michael Clemente, vice president of Fox News, maintained that [...]

  2. [...] The 2011 Ames Straw Poll — the most important pre-Iowa Caucus straw poll in the state, and one of the first real indicators of how the GOP nomination might turn out — will take place on August 13. On August 11, the GOP candidates will debate major issues publicly on national television. Not all of the candidates will be there, though — for instance, Fred Karger, the openly gay candidate, who wasn’t included in either the straw poll or the FOX Network debate. [...]


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