The fourth Republican presidential debate will be Tuesday, November 10th, live from the Milwaukee Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The format will allow each candidate to have an opening and closing statement with the event not exceed two hours.
There will be a 7 pm undercard debate and a 9 pm main event, just as the three debates that has taken place thus far. The debates will air on FOX Business Network (seen in 74 million homes) with the undercard at 7 pm and the main event coming up at 9 pm. For those wishing to stream the event because you don’t get FBN you can access it at foxbusiness.com.
The moderators for the debate will be FBN show hosts Maria Bartiromo and Neil Cavuto, as well as Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker. Since most GOP candidates feel very comfortable with the FOX family of networks, there will be few if any complaints about how the network handled the questioning. That will be in sharp contrast to the last debate that aired on CNBC.
The debate caused many of the campaigns to take issue with the line of questioning that the moderators posed to the candidates. There was a candidate’s revolt that prompted the various camps along with the Republican National Committee to reevaluate how debates would be held. It also cost NBC/ Telemundo their February debate slot, at least for now, as the RNC penalized the network for the actions their business outlet CNBC.
The candidates in the main event debate will be Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. Those candidates involved in the undercard debate will be former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
Those looking for Sen. Lindsey Graham will note that because of the formula used by FOX Business Network, that included four recent polls by Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, and Quinnipiac and gave a spot to anyone with an average of at least 2.5 percent. The 7 p.m. debate includes four candidates polling at least 1 percent in a single poll and since Se. Graham did not reach the qualifications set forth by the rules, he did not make the cut.
For those debate fans mark your calendars the fifth Republican debate is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15 in Las Vegas and will be the last GOP event of the year. The rotation goes to CNN and Salem Radio for the broadcasting of the final debate of 2015.