Republican Alan Keyes said he was starting a hunger strike to protest his exclusion from the presidential debate Thursday.
Keyes, who has finished near the bottom in primary contests to date, was not invited to participate.
A South Carolina business council sponsored the hourlong debate that featured the four leading GOP candidates Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, commentator Pat Buchanan, publisher Steve Forbes and former Tennessee Gov. Lamar Alexander.
Keyes said he was encouraging supporters to join his fast, which he said would not end until “I get assurances of fair and equitable treatment … to make sure the message I represent is heard by the American people.”
The other Republican presidential candidates, Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar, California Rep. Bob Dornan and businessman Morry Taylor also were not invited to participate in the debate.