Ramaswamy slams CNN over debate exclusion, hosts rival town hall 

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Presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy is set to defy conventional norms by hosting his town hall event on the same night as CNN’s Republican presidential primary debate in Iowa. 

As the political landscape heats up, Ramaswamy emphasizes the significance of connecting directly with the people, contrasting it with what he perceives as a more conventional stage occupied by establishment insiders. 

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CNN outlines strict criteria for participation in primary debate 

CNN has outlined strict criteria for candidates to participate in its primary debate, requiring a 10% threshold in three separate national and/or Iowa polls that adhere to the network’s reporting standards. 

This includes an approved CNN poll focusing on likely Iowa Republican caucusgoers. 

While CNN initially announced former President Trump, Nikki Haley, and Ron DeSantis as the only qualifiers, Trump’s absence leaves only Haley and DeSantis on the stage.

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Ramaswamy’s campaign accuses CNN of interference in Iowa GOP Caucus

Ramaswamy’s campaign challenges CNN’s approach, accusing the network of engaging in interference with the Iowa GOP caucus and showing disrespect to GOP voters. 

The campaign highlights what they see as “egregious interference” and accuses CNN of censoring alternative voices by limiting participation based on polling criteria.

Ramaswamy responds by hosting a town hall of his own

In response to CNN’s debate, Ramaswamy plans to host a town hall with a live-studio audience facilitated by podcaster Tim Pool in Des Moines. 

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This alternative platform aims to connect directly with voters and serves as a counter-narrative to what Ramaswamy perceives as a less engaging and restrictive debate format imposed by CNN.

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Ramaswamy expresses grievances on Twitter

Expressing dissatisfaction with CNN’s handling of the situation, Ramaswamy utilizes social media to detail his grievances. 

The campaign criticizes CNN for what they deem as censorship, selective poll reporting, and legal threats, accusing the network of favoring certain candidates.

Previous clashes: Ramaswamy vs. CNN anchor Abby Phillip

Ramaswamy’s history of clashes with CNN is not new. In a December town hall, he sparred with CNN anchor Abby Phillip, particularly over his controversial claim that the events of January 6 were an “inside job.” 

The exchange unfolded as Ramaswamy accused the government of systemic lying and received applause from a GOP-friendly audience.

As the tensions rise and unconventional approaches challenge established norms, the clash between Ramaswamy and CNN sets the stage for a dynamic political narrative in the lead-up to the Iowa primary debate.

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