Martha MacCallum and Bret Baier will moderate the first Republican presidential primary debate on August 23rd, Fox News announced on Tuesday.
“The event at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee is expected to be a big ratings getter, as was the first GOP primary debate in 2015, also aired on Fox News. The unknown is whether Donald Trump will participate, something that would undoubtedly add to the attention of the event,” Deadline reported.
“Baier is Fox News’ chief political anchor and executive editor of Special Report with Bret Baier. MacCallum anchors and is the executive editor of The Story with Martha MacCallum. Baier and MacCallum have co-anchored other Fox News special events coverage, including the midterms, and moderated a town hall with Trump at the Lincoln Memorial in 2020. Fox Business Network will simulcast the debate, and there also will be coverage on Fox News Digital and Fox News Audio. Fox Nation will have a live stream for subscribers,” the outlet added.
Currently, the debate is scheduled for 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET.
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The Republican National Committee revealed information regarding the first presidential debate for the Republican Party.
If there are too many qualified candidates to accommodate in a single venue, according to a press release from the RNC, a second debate will be held the following day.
To qualify for the first presidential debate, each candidate must satisfy four specific requirements. First, they must meet the requirements for eligibility to run for office.
In addition, they must have formally declared their candidacy and submitted the required paperwork to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). In addition, they must submit the FEC forms identifying themselves as candidates and “designating the candidate’s principal campaign committee.”
Additionally, the candidate must have at least 40,000 unique contributors to their presidential campaign committee. This requirement necessitates obtaining “at least 200 unique donors per state or territory in 20+ states and/or territories,” according to the press release.
In addition, candidates must receive at least one percent of support in three national polls, or alternatively, two national polls and an early state poll. However, the Republican National Committee (RNC) must deem the survey appropriate.
The RNC has provided specific guidelines for qualifying polls, requiring a minimum of 800 registered likely Republican voters to participate. The survey should employ a variety of methodologies, ranging from online panels to telephone interviews, and must be structured to avoid any potential bias.
In addition, the survey must not be affiliated with any candidate’s campaign or committee, and it must be conducted on or after July 1. Candidates have until 48 hours before the debate to comply with the voting requirements.
Each candidate must sign a pledge to the Republican National Committee (RNC) promising not to participate in “any non-RNC-sanctioned debate” throughout the entire election season. This requirement may have the greatest impact on Donald Trump.
In April, Trump threatened to skip the Republican National Convention debates and hinted that he may establish his own forum.
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