Candidate stage positions for the second GOP debate. Fox News.

RNC Debate Qualifications

> The Republican National Committee (RNC) has announced the list of GOP presidential candidates for the upcoming debate.

> The seven candidates include: Long-shot candidate North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (1%), ex-New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (2.9%), Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (14.1%), former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley (5.4%), ex-Vice President Mike Pence (4.4%), business leader Vivek Ramaswamy (5.3%), and Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina (2.4). (Per Real Clear Politics “2024 Republican Presidential Nomination” polling averages as of September 26, 2023.

Venue and Broadcast Details

> The RNC emphasizes the importance of this debate in presenting the party’s united front and diverse slate of candidates, with the core objective of winning against Biden in the upcoming elections.

> Viewers can tune into the debate at 9 p.m. ET on Fox Business and Univision or stream it on Rumble.

> The debate is scheduled for Wednesday evening at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Although ex-President Donald Trump qualified, he opted not to participate.

> To qualify, candidates had to have a minimum of 50,000 unique campaign donors and register at least 3% in two national surveys or 3% in a single national survey and two polls from distinct early-nominating states like Iowa or New Hampshire.

Asa Hutchinson’s Response

> Asa Hutchinson, former Governor of Arkansas, didn’t qualify for this debate despite being present for the first debate.

> In response, he expressed his determination to continue campaigning vigorously in early primary states such as Iowa and New Hampshire.

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