Tulsi Back from Guard Duty--Will Continue
Even though she will not be included in the 3rd DNC debate, upon her return from Indonesia where she was training with her Hawaii National Guard unit, Tulsi has indicated that we should not be discouraged and she has given every indication she will continue to campaign at this point:
She was in Iowa today, campaigning!
As for her recent non-inclusion in the upcoming debate, Tulsi's campaign put out a very nice objection *six days ago* which is summarized here by a reddit poster. Basically, the list includes:
--The DNC didn't explain the criteria of why certain pollsters were picked and why some were not.
--Some of the pollsters that were not picked (Economist, Boston Globe) and where Tulsi did well rate higher than many of those that were picked.
--Tulsi met or exceeded 2% in 26 national or early-state polls (it's more now, actually), only 2 of which were qualifying polls according to the DNC.
--Six qualifying polls were released in the 2 weeks after the first debate versus only two in the 2 weeks after the second debate. Fourteen qualifying polls were done after the first debate, versus only seven after the second debate.
--Tulsi polled at 2% or more in the the largest newspapers in two of the early primary states. If these had not been excluded, Tulsi would have made the 3rd debate.
--Delaying polling for so long after the 2nd debate is particularly harmful to lower-name recognition candidates.
A commentor in that reddit thread points out another glaring item:
--Tulsi's polling average in one of the early primary states, New Hampshire, at 3.3%, is higher than five other candidates who will be allowed into the debates: Yang (2.0%), Klobuchar (2.0%), O'Rourke (1.3%), Castro (1.0%), and Booker (0.7%). (I'd add that Tulsi made 5.0% in one New Hampshire poll.)
A lot of people are suggesting Tulsi hold a debate commentary during the 3rd debate--maybe on Fox News or perhaps livestream on YouTube (if nothing else)--where people can see her alone comment on all the questions and responses while the debate goes on. That'd be a great thing to do if she can organize it! It would be great if by doing so, Tulsi ended up at the #1 candidate searched on Google during the 3rd debates!!!