CNN now says that Rick Perry is being invited to their debate in South Carolina on January 19, two days before the big primary in which he hopes to make his last stand. This despite the fact that he has not met any of the requirements for participation that CNN made public last week.
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"Yes, Gov. Perry will be invited to next week's CNN debate," said Edie Emery, director of public relations for Turner Broadcasting Systems, in an e-mail to TPM. "He has met the criteria."
A follow-up e-mail to Emery, asking which criteria Perry has met, was not immediately returned.