Editor’s Note: Paul, Fiorina should say adios

Nolan Finley
The Detroit News

At this point in the presidential nominating race, candidates who are still relegated to the undercard of the debates should recognize they are not going to be president.

That means it’s time for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and businesswoman Carly Fiorina to face reality.

Neither Republican made the cut for the main stage for Thursday night’s Fox Business News debate in South Carolina.

Both squawked about the unfairness of it all, but the truth is that their performance in national polls and on the campaign trail make their chances of winning the nomination pretty dismal.

This is crunch time in the race. Republicans have to cull the field to a much smaller group of candidates and let voters see more focused, intense competition.

Paul showed some early promise, particularly in his appeal to young voters. But he never caught fire.

Fiorina had a brief burst after her first debate performance — as an undercarder — but flamed out quickly.

Now, to continue their candidacies would be only to feed their egos and illusions. They should end their futile quests.