Lower-Rated GOP Candidates Make Case for Why Electable

Seven contenders for Republican presidential nomination who didn’t make the cut for tonight’s main televised debate say don’t count them out yet.

  • “I’m ready,” former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says in opening of the Fox News forum in Cleveland featuring those who didn't rank among top 10 in recent natl’ polls
  • Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina says Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama all were behind in polls at this point in their White House quests
  • Fiorina stresses her career climb from secretary to chief executive
  • Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore stress track records; former N.Y. Gov. George Pataki says must get rid of “crony capitalism” in Washington
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham of S.C. says Democratic candidateHillary Clinton would push cap-and-trade while he would focus on energy independence
  • NOTE: 10 candidates including Donald Trump, Jeb Bush to participate in Fox News’ main debate at 9 p.m. Washington time
Related: Trump Leads, Perry Misses Cut for Fox News First GOP Debate

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