Political enthusiasts may have noticed a few missing pieces during the GOP debate on May 5.
Some viewers have lamented over the fact that the first major debate of the 2012 Presidential campaign featured a cast of lesser-known candidates. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, a Tea Party favorite, is considered the most likely of the five participants to make a legitimate run for the GOP nomination.
Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) has run for President twice before, in 1988 and 2008, but many pundits question whether his libertarian views will appeal to the party’s social conservative base.
According to a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, four of the most popular rumored GOP candidates were absent during the FOX News debate. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, businessman Donald Trump, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin received the most support from the poll’s Republican respondents.
“No GOP candidate has a statistically significant lead, so it’s way too soon to start talking about frontrunners,” said CNN polling director Keating Holland.
Furthermore, some Americans may have noticed that there was a limited selection of photos from the May 5 debate. FOX News and the South Carolina Republican Party, who co-sponsored the event, barred still photographers from taking pictures, The Associated Press reported.
Michael Oreskes, the AP‘s senior managing editor, said that the Presidential selection process should be “as accessible as possible to all forms of journalism.”