The Asa for America campaign issued a formal statement today affirming that Asa Hutchinson, a former Governor of Arkansas and a Republican candidate for the presidency, intends to continue his campaign, despite failing to meet the polling criteria necessary to participate in the second Republican National Committee Presidential Primary Debate.
As Hutchinson put it, “Despite falling short of the RNC’s polling requirement for inclusion in the second Presidential Primary Debate, I will continue our campaign to bring out the best of America with events scheduled in Iowa, New Hampshire, and across the country in the next several weeks.”
He added, “I understand that the RNC and the media are trying to reduce the number of candidates, but I measure success based on the response I receive in early primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire.”
The Governor has set a noteworthy goal. Before Thanksgiving, I want to raise my polling percentage to 4% in an early state. I’ll still be competitive and in the running for either Primary Day or Caucus Day if that objective is accomplished.
Despite falling short of the RNC’s polling requirement for inclusion in the second Presidential Primary Debate, I will continue our campaign to bring out the best of America with events scheduled in Iowa, New Hampshire, and across the country in the next several weeks.
— Gov. Asa Hutchinson (@AsaHutchinson) September 26, 2023
“I entered this race because it is critically important for a leader within the Republican Party to stand up to Donald Trump and call him out on misleading his supporters and the American people,” Hutchinson said, reinforcing his stance against the former president.
In keeping with this, the governor plans to “highlight his false promises to blue-collar and union workers in Michigan and across America” at a news conference that will take place in Detroit on Wednesday.
The RNC has amended its debate requirements, requiring candidates to receive three percent in either two national polls or one national and two state polls, ahead of tomorrow’s much-anticipated second GOP presidential debate. This debate will inevitably draw fewer participants than the previous one.
Paradoxically, he skips the second debate together with former President Trump, the early front-runner for the Republican nomination who did not attend the previous one.
To be eligible, candidates must:
At least 3% support in two national polls or 3% in one national poll and two polls from early-voting states: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.
A minimum of 50,000 unique donors, with at least 200 from 20 states or territories.
Signing an RNC pledge to support the party’s eventual nominee.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) has recently declared that the third debate will take place in Miami, Florida. This decision marks a departure from the initial plan to host the event in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, with the intention of encouraging Donald Trump’s participation.
With the impending arrival of the primary elections in Iowa and New Hampshire, time is becoming increasingly limited for the candidates who are seen to be at a disadvantage.