Fox Business Announces Who Qualifies For The Main Stage Debate

AP

The Fox Business Network announced Thursday who was qualified to debate primetime on the main stage in the GOP’s fourth debate scheduled for Tuesday.

The candidates qualified to debate on the main stage are:

  • Businessman Donald Trump
  • Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson
  • Florida Sen. Marco Rubio
  • Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
  • Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
  • Ohio Gov. John Kasich
  • Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina
  • Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul
  • The candidates who are qualified to debate at the earlier time are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and former New York Gov. George Pataki did not qualify for either debate.

    The debate is scheduled to take place Tuesday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The “main stage” debate is slated to start at 9 p.m. ET and the undercard debate at 7 p.m, Lou Dobbs said on his show Thursday night.

    FBN Managing Editor Neil Cavuto, Global Markets Editor Maria Bariromo, and Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker are expected to moderate the primetime debate.

    The undercard debate is scheduled to be moderated by Fox’s Sandra Smith, Trish Regan, and WSJ Washington Bureau Chief Gerald Seib.

    Fox had said the primetime debaters would qualify by polling at an average of 2.5 percent or above in the four most recent polls through Nov. 4. Remaining candidates who reach at least 1 percent would qualify for the undercard debate.

    This post has been updated.

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