2016 Election, Elections, Rand Paul, Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Ted Cruz

FOX News Says 1st GOP Debate Limited to 10 Candidates


As the GOP Presidential field has ballooned in recent weeks, media outlets have been wringing their hands about the form of any primary campaign debates.

FOX News is the sponsor of the first Republican debate to be held on August 6th at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH.

They have just released their official criteria for determining who will be able to take the stage on that night.


FOX News’ Executive Vice President of News Editorial Michael Clemente announced the entry criteria as follows:

  • Must meet all U.S. Constitutional requirements; and

  • Must announce and register a formal campaign for president; and

  • Must file all necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC); and

  • Must have paid all necessary federal and state filing fees; and

  • Must place in the top 10 of an average of the five most recent national polls, as recognized by FOX News leading up to August 4th at 5 PM/ET. Such polling must be conducted by major, nationally recognized organizations that use standard methodological techniques.

Right now, Real Clear Politics has an aggregation of national polls close to the FOX News criteria.

The website’s current top 10:

1. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush – hasn’t announced.

2. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker – hasn’t announced.

3. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida – has announced.

4. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky – has announced.

5. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee – has announced.

6. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas – has announced.

7. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson – has announced.

8. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – hasn’t announced.

9. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry – hasn’t announced.

10. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum – hasn’t announced.

Ohio Governor John Kasich currently sits 11th and with the debate in his home state it would be hard to keep him out.  Carly Fiorina, the lone woman in the GOP field also would not be able to take the stage under these criteria.


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