The second primary debate will take place Wednesday night at the Reagan Presidential Library in California between seven contenders vying for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.
The Republican National Committee’s polling and fundraising requirements were met by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, former ambassador Nikki Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, and businessman Vivek Ramaswamy.
Former President Donald Trump, who is still the front-runner for the Republican nomination, will appear in Detroit instead of at the debate because the Big Three union auto workers there are on strike. According to a CBS News poll issued on Tuesday, Trump comfortably leads the field of Republican candidates in both Iowa and New Hampshire. With his present lead, he would be able to claim the majority of the delegates in New Hampshire and half of the delegates in Iowa.
We asked the eight candidates who took part in the first debate if they would still back Trump if he were to be found guilty of a crime. Everyone raised their hands in agreement, with the exception of Christie and Asa Hutchinson, a former governor of Arkansas (who will not attend the second debate).
From 9 to 11 p.m., the debate will air on Fox Business Channel and Univision, and it will also be streamed on Rumble.
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What qualifications did one need to meet to take part in the second debate?
Compared to the first discussion, the bar for the second one was higher. Candidates had to receive at least 3% of the vote in two nationwide surveys, or 3% in one national poll and 3% in one early state poll from two different early voting states, namely Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. The polling criteria for the first debate was 1% in the same poll categories in polls taken on or after August 1.
Additionally, candidates had to have at least 200 unique donations in each of at least 20 different states and/or territories, as well as a minimum of 50,000 unique donors to their primary presidential campaign committee or exploratory committee. In comparison to the 40,000 needed to qualify for the first primary debate, that is an increase of 10,000 unique contributions.
Who is directing the discussion?
The debate will be moderated by Fox News’ Stuart Varney and Dana Perino, together with Ilia Calderón of Univision.
Trump’s primary rival Nikki Haley slammed him for skipping the debate a week before the second one. She remarked at a gathering in New Hampshire on Thursday, “You can’t just not be on a debate stage because you’re so high in the polls. What you’re going to accomplish over the next four years and how you’re going to rectify what was broken must be demonstrated, not what you did in the previous four.
Trump also declined to sign the RNC’s “loyalty pledge” to back the nominee if they receive the party’s nod.