Candidates announced for second Republican debate, RNC releases details for third debate

02:10 15.09.2023

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has officially confirmed that the third GOP presidential debate will be held in Miami, Florida, in early November. This announcement follows previous speculation that the debate would take place at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. According to CNN, NBC News and Salem Media are currently in talks to host the debate, with discussions ongoing. The first Republican debate took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 23, hosted by Fox News, and featured eight candidates. Notably, former President Donald Trump, who is currently the front-runner in the race, did not attend.

The second Republican debate is scheduled to be hosted by Fox Business and Univision at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on September 27, from 9 to 11 p.m. ET. The requirements for participation in this debate are more stringent compared to the previous one. Six candidates have already met the RNC's qualifications to appear on the stage, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence, Tim Scott, and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

To secure a spot in the second debate, candidates must have a minimum of 50,000 unique donors to their campaign or exploratory committee, with at least 200 donors in 20 or more states. Additionally, candidates must reach 3% support in two national polls or 3% in one national poll and 3% in two polls conducted in different early nominating states such as Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, or South Carolina. Candidates are also required to sign a pledge in which they agree to support the eventual Republican presidential nominee, abstain from participating in any non-RNC-sanctioned debates for the rest of the election cycle, and consent to data-sharing with the national party committee. The deadline to meet these qualifications is 48 hours before the debate commences.

Among the candidates who have met all the requirements are North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and Michigan businessman Perry Johnson. Meanwhile, former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and radio host Larry Elder have signed the pledge but have yet to meet the other requirements. The only candidate who has fulfilled the RNC's polling and fundraising requirements but has not signed the pledge is former President Donald Trump. It remains uncertain as to whether Trump, who is leading the GOP race for president, will sign the pledge and attend the second debate in California or any future RNC-sanctioned debates.

The second debate will be moderated by FOX News Media's Stuart Varney and Dana Perino, alongside Univision's Ilia Calder??n. FOX News Media is the hosting network for the first two debates of the 2024 election cycle. The previous debate, "Democracy 24: FOX News Republican Primary Debate," drew an impressive 12.8 million viewers, making it the highest-rated non-sporting event cable telecast of the year so far.

/ Friday, September 15, 2023, 2:10 AM /

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