Monday, August 3, 2015

Need To Know About Fox News Presidential Debate-Date-Time-Participating Candidates

The first GOP primary debate will take place Thursday at 9 p.m. EST on Fox News, and it will feature the top 10 leading candidates for the GOP nomination.
But political analysts will first watch for a different date and time — Tuesday at 5 p.m.
That's the cutoff by which national polls must be released to help decide which 10 candidates take the stage on Thursday.
Fox News' debate criteria, which have spurred some pushback from candidates, rely on the five most recent well-respected national polls of Fox News' choosing to select the top 10 candidates, as well as weed out the bottom seven candidates, who will lose out on the prime-time airwaves.
Will the bottom-tier candidates get some national airtime?
Fox News will host a 5 p.m. debate for the bottom seven candidates, giving them a chance to debate the big issues despite failing to crack into the top ranks of national polling. That debate, given its airtime and the crop of lesser-known candidates, is expected to tout significantly lower viewership.
Who's most likely to make the TOP TEN cut?
Recent polls have given a clearer indication of which candidates will most likely be included in the debate, but more polls before the Tuesday cutoff could shift the stage.
Some candidates have their spots all but assured, particularly for the candidates who have consistently placed in the top three in recent polls: Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, all of whom have pulled double-digit support in the latest polls.
And consistently in fourth through eighth place have been neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
As of now, it appears the two remaining spots could go to any of three candidates: Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has surged off his late-July announcement, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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