While the fourth GOP primary debate may feature lesser candidates than the previous three, it is expected to have as much excitement.
Eight candidates will feature in the main event. These include Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, and Rand Paul. Fox News reports that topics like economy, jobs, taxes and policy issues will be debated on.
Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie could not average 2.5 percent support in the four recent national polls, so they will not be participating.
According to Vox, Carson has surpassed Trump in recent polls. Although the latter is faring better in the averages (with Trump leading the pack with 25.3 percent support, followed closely behind by Carson with 24.5 percent) his recent tweets criticizing Carson is reflective of the fact that he feels under pressure.
Rubio is lagging behind in terms of support, having received 11.8 percent. Cruz stands at 10 percent.
Appearing at the undercard debate, Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum also participated in the event. Lindsay Graham and George Pataki could not receive 1 percent in any of the four recent polls, so they did not qualify for the cut for this round. Pataki, on the other hand, said, “I don’t know if I’m even going to watch” the debate. He added he will probably “wait for the highlights.”
The candidates’ approaches for the debate ranged from relaxed to mildly active. Fiorina was playing solitaire to prepare herself for the debate. Rubio visited the church with his wife before arriving at the venue. Kasich could be seen shooting hoops with the Milwaukee Bucks in a tweet posted by his campaign.
Paul said he was hopeful he would get more time to talk with lesser candidates at the fourth GOP debate. At a roundtable discussion on school choice at a Milwaukee Christian school, he jokingly said, “I’m hoping after this the rest of them will drop out and let me be the nominee.”
The first GOP debate was held on August 6 in Cleveland, the second on September 16 in Simi Valley, California, and the third on October 28 in Boulder, Colorado.
The fourth debate, which starts at 9 p.m., will be held at Milwaukee Theater. Viewers can watch it on Fox Business Network. A free live stream is also available at FoxBusiness.com.