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Longshot Presidential Candidate Kept Out of Debate

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You may never have heard of him, but a Republican presidential candidate from Illinois is causing a stir.

He’s upset about being excluded from today’s Republican debate.

A South Carolina federal judge says the debate’s private sponsors have the right to decide which candidates to include.

For Chicago Public Radio, Miriam Gottfried reports.

Northbrook businessman John Cox sued debate sponsors Fox News and the South Carolina Republican Party.

Cox says his name wasn’t even an option on the poll the groups used to decide which candidates would be eligible to debate.

Now he says he’ll ask his fellow candidates to take a stand on the issue.

But he doesn’t think they’ll risk supporting him.

COX: It’s very difficult to try to run a campaign against the media. The old saw is that you don’t pick a fight with somebody who buys ink by the barrel, and I suppose it also applies to the electronic media as well.

Cox says he plans to keep discussing the issues and focus on getting himself into a debate next month in New Hampshire.

For Chicago Public Radio, I’m Miriam Gottfried.

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