Meet the Republican candidates who didn't make the cut for the first 2016 debate
Thursday night, ten politicians vying for the Republican nomination will go toe-to-toe in a debate. But some familiar faces will be missing -- seven in fact. The one female candidate in the crowded field -- Carly Fiorina -- will not be making an appearance. Neither will Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who has made headlines for his opposition to same-sex marriage. Lindsey Graham, who garnered press attention when Donald Trump gave his cell phone number out at a rally, will also be missing. And those hoping for another "Oops" moment are out of luck too, since Rick Perry didn't make the cut.
The candidates will get to participate in a smaller forum at 5 p.m. ET, but based on what they've been saying on the campaign trail, here's a peek at what they might have brought up if they'd made the big stage.
Name: Cara Carleton "Carly" Fiorina
Born: September 6, 1954 (age 60), Austin, TX
What she's known for: She is a former Hewlett-Packard CEO and current chair of the non-profit Good360.
Issues she would have likely talked about: China and ISIS: She's called China is "our rapidly rising adversary" and supports arming the Kurds to fight ISIS. There's also a decent chance she'd have thrown a barb or two at Hillary Clinton over. Earlier this year she said of Clinton, "She tweets about women's rights in this country and takes money from governments that deny women the most basic human rights."
Fun fact: She became the first woman to head a Fortune 50 company and a company in the Dow Jones Industrial Average in 1999 when she was named CEO and president of HP.
Name: James Stuart "Jim" Gilmore III
Born: October 6, 1949 (age 65), Richmond, VA
What he's known for: He was the governor of Virginia from 1998 to 2002.
Issue he would have likely talked about: Education -- he's opposed to Common Core and also believes that there should be more need-based college aid available for public school students.
Fun fact: He was rejected from UVa. law school, but showed up on the first day of classes and refused to leave the admissions office. The dean decided to let him in that day.
Name: Lindsey Olin Graham
Born: July 9, 1955 (age 60), Central, SC
What he's known for: Graham has served as a US Senator from South Carolina since 2003.
Issue he would have likely talked about: ISIS -- Graham wants to support those fighting the terrorist by sending 10,000 US troops to help.
Fun fact: Graham, a confirmed bachelor who has said his sister would take on the role of first lady if he were elected, is the first in his family to get a college degree.
Name: Piyush "Bobby" Jindal
Born: June 10, 1971 (age 44), Baton Rouge, LA
What he's known for: He is the current governor of Louisiana.
Issue he would have likely talked about: Abortion -- Jindal wants to ban abortion after 20 weeks and has been a vocal critic of Planned Parenthood in recent weeks as a series of exposé videos have emerged.
Fun fact: As a child, he asked to be called Bobby after the "Brady Bunch" character.
Name: George Elmer Pataki
Born: June 24, 1945 (age 70), Peekskill, NY
What he's known for: He is the former governor of New York.
Issues he would have likely talked about: Foreign policy and ISIS -- Pataki is in favor of sending US troops to combat ISIS.
Fun fact: Pataki speaks Spanish, French, German and a little Hungarian.
Name: James Richard "Rick" Perry
Born: March 4, 1950 (age 65), Paint Creek, TX
What he's known for: He was the governor of Texas from 2000 to 2015.
Issues he would have likely talked about: Iran and immigration -- Perry told Fox News that the first thing he would do as POTUS is tear up the Iran nuclear deal and secure the border with Mexico.
Fun fact: Perry is the longest serving governor in Texas history.
Name: Richard John "Rick" Santorum
Born: May 10, 1958 (age 57), Winchester, VA
What he's known for: He served as a US Senator from Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007.
Issues he would have likely talked about: Gay marriage and abortion -- Santorum would pass a Constitutional amendment to reverse the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. He would also ban all abortion, except in cases where the life of the mother is in serious danger.
Fun fact: Santorum is a friend of U2 frontman Bono. Bono once told The New York Times that, "Santorum has a kind of Tourette's disease; he will always say the most unpopular thing. But on our issues, he has been a defender of the most vulnerable."