CNBC Announces Criteria For Oct. 28 GOP Debate


CNBC released its selection criteria Wednesday for its next Republican presidential debate, scheduled for Oct. 28.

As was the case with the first two GOP debates on Fox and CNN, there will be a second tier “undercard” debate after the primetime event.

To appear in the top tier event at 8 p.m., candidates need to get 3 percent average support in polls between Sept. 17 and Oct. 21. The network will round up for any Republican polling at 2.5 percent or higher.

Candidates polling below that threshold will qualify for the 6 p.m. undercard.

CNBC’s John Harwood, Becky Quick, and Carl Quintanilla are set to host, with Rick Santelli, Jim Cramer, and Sharon Epperson on board as “questioners.”