The major Republican presidential contenders are gearing up for the highly anticipated third debate, where they will go head-to-head with fewer opponents vying for attention due to stricter qualifying criteria. Here are some key details about the upcoming debate:
When and Where
The debate is scheduled to take place on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern in Miami and will last for a duration of two hours.
Although the official list has not been released by the Republican National Committee, it appears that the following candidates have made the cut:
- Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
- Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
- Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
- Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy
- South Carolina Senator Tim Scott
Notably, former President Donald Trump, who currently leads in polls, has chosen to skip the debate, just as he did with the previous two.
To qualify for participation, candidates must meet specific criteria set by the RNC. These criteria include having secured a minimum of 4% of votes in multiple polls and possessing 70,000 unique donors. Additionally, participants must sign a pledge affirming their support for the eventual nominee.
Former Vice President Mike Pence withdrew from the race in late October.
It promises to be an electrifying debate as the remaining Republican contenders vie for attention and aim to solidify their positions in their quest for the presidential nomination.
The New Criteria for the Debate
The criteria for participating in the upcoming debate have become even more stringent compared to the previous round. In the previous debate, candidates needed to secure 50,000 unique donors and achieve a polling threshold of 3%.
How to Watch the Debate
The debate will be hosted by NBC News and will be available to viewers through multiple platforms. It will be televised on NBC, streamed live on NBCNews.com, and also accessible through various digital platforms.
The debate will be moderated by esteemed journalists, including Lester Holt, anchor of “Nightly News,” Kristen Welker, moderator of “Meet the Press,” and Hugh Hewitt, host of his own show on Salem Radio Network. Additionally, the debate will be livestreamed on Rumble.
The Republican National Committee’s debate partners are Salem Radio Network and the Republican Jewish Coalition.
Former Senator Norm Coleman, who serves as the head of the Republican Jewish Coalition, emphasized the significance of American strength and resolve amidst the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. He expressed the belief that the candidates’ vision for America’s role in the world is now more crucial than ever.
Donald Trump’s Alternate Event
Instead of participating in the debate, former President Donald Trump will be holding his own rally in Hialeah, Fla. This rally is scheduled to commence at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.
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