The candidate lineup for the third Republican debate on Oct. 28, to be hosted by CNBC, has already been released.
The debate is divided into two parts. Those who are eligible to take the stage at 8 p.m. ET are Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, John Kasich and Rand Paul.
This means that the candidates achieved an average of three percent in different major polls conducted between Sept. 17 and Oct. 21, 2015. Polls taken between this period were rounded up to three percent and only those candidates with a standing of 2.5 percent or higher get to appear on stage for the live debate.
The second part of the debate takes place earlier. Those who meet the minimum threshold of one percent in the polls conducted in the same period will debate on stage earlier at 6 p.m. ET. These candidates are Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki and Lindsey Graham.
The eligibility of the candidates were determined by polls from CNN/ORC International poll released on September 20; Fox News poll released on September 23; Bloomberg Politics poll released on September 24; NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on September 27; CBS News poll released on October 11; Fox News poll released on October 13; CNN/ORC International poll released on October 20; NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on October 20; and Washington Post-ABC News poll released on October 21.
As previously reported by Morning News USA, Trump and Carson threatened to boycott the debate. The two disagree with the previous format of the program of which candidates were not given the opportunity to give opening and closing remarks for a three-hour program including commercials.
However, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced that new set of criteria have since been agreed upon, CNN reported. The two-hour debate will now have a 30-second closing statement for each candidate and a single, open-ended question at the beginning of the debate to be answered by each candidate.
Fiorina did not let the opportunity pass to take jabs at both Trump and Carson. “Well, I think apparently they’re worried about answering questions for three hours. For heaven sakes, we have ten candidates on stage. I don’t think three hours is a long time,” Fiorina said as quoted by CNN. “They also apparently asked for prepared statements. You know, prepared statements are what politicians do. … So, honestly, here are two outsiders supposedly. Donald Trump and Ben Carson – they sound a lot like politicians tonight to me,” she added.