Fox Business Network has announced the participants in the Jan. 14 Republican debate it is airing according to who finished in the top six in an average of recent national polls.
They are Donald Trump; Sens. Ted Cruz; and Marco Rubio; Dr. Ben Carson; New Jersey Governor Chris Christie; Jeb Bush; and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) did not make the list, and told CNN he would boycott the undercard debate for the remaining candidates: Paul, Carly Fiorina; Mike Huckabee; and Rick Santorum.
"I don’t think the media should have the power to predetermine elections," Paul told CNN Monday (Jan. 11). He thought FBN had made a mistake by "pre-deciding to exclude certain people from the stage, and that he would make that point in protest over the next couple of days.
As to the undercard, he said: "I won't participate in anything that wasn't fist tier because we have a first tier campaign."