After 5th place finish in Iowa Rand Paul vows to 'fight on,' calls on ABC to include him in next debate

02/02/2016 09:25 AM

After coming in fifth place in the Iowa caucuses Kentucky Republican presidential hopeful Rand Paul indicated the race for the White House is “wide open,” and he called on debate organizers to put him on the stage for the next GOP debate in New Hampshire.

Paul finished with 4.5 percent of the vote in Iowa coming in behind U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; New York real estate mogul Donald Trump; U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida; and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson.

Paul’s campaign pointed to his middle of the field finish and his policy positions as a reason why he should be included in Saturday’s GOP debate on ABC — just three days before the New Hampshire primary.

The Manchester, New Hampshire debate is expected to drop the undercard portion and possibly slim down the stage to six contenders.

Paul’s campaign called on ABC and the Republican National Committee to make sure he is on the stage next. “The results today demand it,” a press release said.

“Every election we are told by the party establishment that the times are too dire or risky to try freedom as a solution,” Paul said in a statement. “They say that the message of liberty and personal responsibility must wait until next election.”

“We have never been more hungry for personal freedom and a restrained government,” Paul continued. “I’m grateful to my supporters here in the Hawkeye state, and I look forward to continuing the fight for liberty in New Hampshire.”


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