Santorum Slams GOP Debate as 'Insult to Voters'
Rick Perry, Carly Fiorina also respond to missing cut
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2015 7:06 AM CDT
Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, July 18, 2015.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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(Newser) – Rick Santorum isn't pleased to have been left off the lineup for the first primetime GOP debate tomorrow. In fact, he says Fox News should apologize to the candidates who were overlooked and to the American public. In an interview with NBC News, he says the method of picking the top 10 candidates from five recent national polls is an "insult to voters" and shows "networks trying to influence who the nominee is." A rep for Santorum adds "the RNC deserves as much blame for sanctioning this process" as Fox does for hosting it.

The other six candidates who will take part in an earlier 5pm debate with fewer viewers are putting on a brave face. Rick Perry tweets he's looking forward to "what will be a serious exchange of ideas & positive solutions to get America back on track." In a statement, Carly Fiorina says she, too, is eagerly awaiting the event and is "encouraged by the support of conservative activists and grassroots Republicans." In anticipation of the debate, the Christian Science Monitor breaks down a few tried and tested moves you're likely to see, including one called the "clubhouse turn."