US Elections 2016: Presidential Primary Debate Date Set

US Elections 2016: Presidential Primary Debate Date Set
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The first Republican presidential primary debate is all set on Aug 6, 2015 in conjunction with the Ohio Republican Party, Fox News Channel or FNC announced Wednesday. Fox News viewers and Facebook Users are encouraged to send in pictures or video questions that will help the network formulate questions for the candidates during the debate.


Debaters must be in top 10 of the most recent national polls

Fox News has made a significant criteria change for this year’s debate. The only candidates that will be allowed to debate are those who place in the top 10 of an average of the five most recent national polls. These national polls must be recognized by Fox News leading up to August 4 at 5PM/ET and must be conducted by duly recognized organizations equipped with the standard methodological techniques.

Those who will not make the cut will only be given additional coverage and air time on August 6, Fox News executive vice president of news Editorial Michael Clemente said in the announcement. As always, participants of the debate must meet all constitutional requirements, announce and register a formal campaign for president, file all necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission and must have paid all necessary federal and state filing fees.

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GOP primary debate will be presented live

The debate will be presented live from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio from 9-11 PM/ET on FNC, Fox News Radio, Fox News Mobile and It will be moderated by Special Report anchor Bret Baier, The Kelly File anchor Megyn Kelly and Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace.

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Director for Facebook News and Global Media partnerships Andy Mitchell said the company’s participation in the debate will give the contenders a unique way to debate with the Americans.

“Facebook’s scale and foundation in real identity give Fox News and the Republican contenders for the nomination the opportunity to open up the debate to Americans in a new and unique way. FOX News hosts often take to Facebook to connect with viewers authentically; their using Facebook to bring those viewers into this debate demonstrates how the platform has become an essential part of the political process,” Mitchell said in the announcement.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Ohio GOP Matt Borges said Ohio is thrilled to host the first presidential debate.

“The road to the GOP nomination begins in Ohio this August and culminates with the Republican National Convention almost a year later.  A Republican can’t win the White House without carrying our state, so there’s no better place to host the first primary debate,” Borges said.

Who are the top 10 at the moment?

Fox News’ decision to limit the debate to top 10 republicans was a clear delimiter, wrote Philip Bump of The Washington Post.

He noted that as of the moment the top 10 republicans are Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Donald Trump and Rick Perry, in that order.

Also read: GOP Nomination Leans Toward Bush, Rubio – NBC/WSJ Poll

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