Carly Fiorina on Wednesday urged the Republican National Committee to convince ABC News to let her into its presidential debate Saturday in New Hampshire.
The network had previously announced that it would not hold an undercard debate, effectively giving the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), former Pennsylvania Rick Santorum, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee the boot. All of those candidates, with the exception of Fiorina, dropped out of the race after the Iowa caucuses.
Fiorina, the only woman in the GOP field, wrote in an open letter she posted to Medium that networks like ABC were making up debate rules “arbitrarily.”
“Now it is time for the RNC to act in the best interest of the Party that it represents,” she wrote.
Fiorina noted that by earning 1.86 percent of the votes in the Iowa caucuses, she beat New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (1.76 percent) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (who tied Fiorina with 1.86 percent of votes, but earned 11 fewer votes than the former HP executive).
“There are only 8 candidates left. It’s time for the RNC to demand that media executives step aside and let voters hear from all of us,” Fiorina wrote. “I trust you will act appropriately.”
Spokespersons for ABC News and the RNC didn’t immediately return TPM’s requests for comment.