The Third Republican Debate

According to Politico, the next debate among the Republican presidential candidates will reportedly take place on CNBC network on October 28th in Boulder, Colorado.

The uncertain terms of the debate are setting off a wave of anxiety among middle and bottom tier campaigns.  Several campaigners have criticized the Republican National Committee (RNC) for failing to provide clarity on how many candidates will appear on stage.

The campaigns fear the entry criteria for the debate are being designed to reduce the number of candidates on stage – a pivotal situation for several presidential hopefuls, according to Politico.

CUPERTINO, UNITED STATES: Carly Fiorina, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard Company address the media during the offical launch of the new company 07 May 2002 in Cupertino, California. Hewlett-Packard is ready to lead change in the high-tech industry now that it has taken over Compaq Computer, HP chief executive Carly Fiorina said 07 May. As Fiorina announced the formal launch of the combined firm following the 20 billion dollar tie-up between the technology giants, the company announced it would re-organize into four divisions and re-brand some of its products. AFP PHOTO/John G. MABANGLO (Photo credit should read JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP/Getty Images)Politico writes:  “While the RNC doesn’t set the rules, it does have a voice in working with the networks running the debates. The committee has not said how many candidates will be allowed into the primetime debate…”

Sources state that there will again be a prime-time debate as well as an undercard debate.   However, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul could be out of the prime-time debate and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham may not even make the undercard debate under criteria released Wednesday by CNBC, NPR states.

The rules would limit the prime-time debate to those polling above 3 percent, according to an average of national polls released between September 17th and October 21st.  Surveys from NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox News, CNN and Bloomberg will be used to judge if candidates qualify.

For the undercard debate, candidates must register at least 1 percent on any of those polls during that time.

An NPR analysis of the most recent polls finds that 10 candidates would qualify for the main event at this time:  Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, and Rand Paul.


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