Carly Fiorina accused rival campaigns on Friday morning of lobbying to keep her out of Saturday’s Republican presidential debate, but her campaign declined to specify to BuzzFeed News which campaigns Fiorina was referring to when she made the comments.
“It’s interesting. I said that Ted Cruz stepped to the plate and Ben Carson stepped to the plate,” Fiorina said on Boston Herald Radio’s Morning Meeting. “Honestly, where are Marco Rubio, and Jeb Bush, and John Kasich, and Chris Christie? Some of them lobbied actively not to have me on that stage. You know what that tells me? They’re afraid to debate me. So, I don’t know how they could possibly tell the voters of New Hampshire that they’re prepared to beat Hillary Clinton.”
Herald Radio’s host interjected to confirm that indeed some of Fiorina’s Republican rivals lobbied against her inclusion in the debate. Fiorina said her competitors lobbied ABC and the RNC to keep her off the stage.
A Fiorina spokeswoman, Sarah Isgur Flores, declined to say which candidates lobbied against Fiorina’s inclusion when asked by BuzzFeed News over email.
“You should ask the other campaigns,” she said. “We know where Trump, Carson, and Cruz stand. How about the two guys she beat in Iowa?”
Asked again who it was, Fiorina’s campaign said to contact other campaigns.
“I don’t discuss private calls with reporters,” she said. “Which is why I’m telling you to call other people.”
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