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Fiorina unfazed by debate demotion

Republican presidential candidate and former Hewlitt Packard CEO Carly Fiorina this week brushed aside questions about Fox Business Network's decision to demote her from the main stage to the undercard at Thursday's debate in Charleston, South Carolina.

In a Tuesday morning interview with Boston radio station's WCRN "Morning Meeting" show, Fiorina said: "I feel pretty good about where I am and the last time I looked, voters decide elections. Polls and pundits don't."

Fiorina and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul were both sent packing from the prime-time debate after they failed to meet the network's criteria.

Candidates who finished in the top six of an average of the most recent national polls, or among the top five in an average of either Iowa or New Hampshire polls, were invited to participate in the prime-time event.

Paul has publicly said he will not attend the Charleston debate. The other two candidates on the stage with Fiorina will be Pennsylvania's former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

"I’ll debate anyone, anytime, anywhere, and I’ll look forward to South Carolina," Fiorina said. "Obviously, I’m making a different decision (than Paul did). Millions and millions of people are going to tune in to that debate. And it’s an opportunity for me to continue to carry my message to those millions of people."

"The State of the Race is not what the Mainstream Media wants you to believe it is," Fiorina's super PAC CARLY for America said in an email to supporters Wednesday.

The message highlighted her standing in the GOP field, noting that a Jan.12 NBC News tracking poll showed her "tied with Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, John Kasich and Rand Paul nationally."

In that poll, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Paul were at 3 percent. Fiorina and Ohio Gov. John Kasich were at 2 percent. The poll has a margin of error of 2.4 percentage points.

The super PAC's message echoed what Fiorina said in her radio interview on Tuesday. "The press and the pundits have been wrong time and again during this race. We are here to compete and to win."