Jun 9, 2015 9:56 PM
Steinhauser: Christie says 20 too many on debate stage
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
GOFFSTOWN – Call it Chris Christie’s tough love on debates.
Only 10 candidates will make the stage at the August 6 showdown in Cleveland (host city for next year’s Republican convention). With 10 candidates already declared and at least five more GOP White House hopefuls all but certain to announce, a bunch of contenders won’t make the cut. Fox News, which is hosting the debate, is using national polling to determine who makes the stage.
The New Jersey governor and all but certain Republican presidential candidate would make the cut, according to the most recent national polling.
Asked Tuesday what he thought about the criteria for the first debate, Christie said “I think it would be impossible to have 20 people on a stage and have a debate that was informative to folks. People are going to set standards and if you’re in you’re going to be happy about it and if you’re out you’re not. Let’s see what people do and we’ll go from there.”
Christie spoke to reporters after speaking and taking questions at the latest edition of Politics and Eggs at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. Asked how he could stand out in a field of 15 to 20 GOP candidates, Christie said “I think that’s the challenge for anybody who’s in a very large field is to distinguish yourself. Over the course of time of my public career I’ve never had a hard time getting attention, so I’m relatively confident we’ll be able to do something.”
As for his low favorable ratings, Christie said “I’m probably the best known Republican candidate in America, and every once in a while I say things that make people angry. That’s the way it goes.”
“But that’s what campaigns are for,” he added. “Campaigns are about showing people every side, every facet of you. Things they think they know that you may be able to change their minds on, and things that they don’t have an opinion on that you may be able to move them favorably.”
As for when he’ll announce, Christie said once again that ‘I’ll make a decision this month.”
“I’ll let everybody know. I’m not a wallflower,” he added, stating the obvious.