Rand Paul Tells CNN He Refuses to Compete in the Undercard GOP Debate: ‘I Will Protest’

Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 7.09.52 PMGOP candidate Rand Paul has revealed to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he has been left off of the next Republican Debate stage, scheduled for this Thursday night on Fox Business. The Paul campaign was suspected of falling short of the announced criteria for the debate, and ahead of the lineup announcement on Lou Dobbs Tonight, Paul has let his fate be known.

Paul told Blitzer, “I will protest.”

“It’s a mistake,” the Libertarian candidate continued. “We have been in the top five or six in most of the recent polls… it’s a mistake to try and exclude me from the national debate.”

Senator Paul revealed that he “will not accept” competing in the undercard round Thursday. As for informing Fox Business of his decision not to attend before airing his announcement on CNN, Paul simply said, “We’ve let them know that.”

Fox Business Network told Mediaite tonight no one from Paul’s campaign has yet declined the network’s invitation to appear at the earlier debate.

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