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CNN announces Republican debate lineup

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CNN on Friday announced the lineup for its Sept. 16 Republican presidential debate, which, after tweaking the selection criteria, will now include businesswomanCarly Fiorina.

cnn debate lineupThe network changed its rules for selecting who will appear in the debate last week in response to a fewer-than-expected number of polls following Fox’s debate Aug. 6. CNN originally planned to feature the top 10 average polling candidates since July 16, but later decided to include any candidates also in the top 10 average of polls conducted after the Aug. 6 debate.

The debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., will feature former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New JerseyGov. Chris Christie, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Fiorina, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, real estate executive Donald Trump and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Lower-polling candidates have been invited to a debate earlier the same day, similar to method Fox used Aug. 6. The earlier debaters include South Carolina Sen.Lindsey Graham, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former New York Gov. George Pataki, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Though former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore participated in the earlier debate in August, he did not meet the minimum requirements for the CNN’s debate.

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  • LieutenantCharlie

    Ilike Trump, Carson, Cruz, Walker, and Rubio.
    JEB Bush is a Republican Rino, and therefore not acceptable as a Presidential Candidate.
    We must elect an American, born in America and raised in America.

    • Jon Exner

      Funny comment. You do realize that Cruz was born in Canada don’t you.
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      His mother was an American citizen at the time of his birth.
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      Neither of Rubio’s parents were American citizen’s they were naturalized after his birth, he is the one that should not be allowed to run for office.
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      My own personal belief is that a child is the same nationality as the mother regardless of where they were born.

      • WVF

        I agree.

  • pkthornton

    I love how this article has jeb bush first and waits all the way to almost the very end of the list to list the front runner donald trump as one who is participating in the debate.usually you would mention the front runner first not next to last.I think we see who the person writing the article wants to be the front runner.

    • Douglas Forde

      The list is alphabetical.

  • Jon Exner

    The criteria for future debates should be based on polling after each previous debate. That is the whole purpose of the debates to begin with.
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    As each debate shows what the candidates have to offer and the voters begin to support one candidate over the others and that support shifts from one debate to another it is only logical that the polls for each candidate will move up or down and should dictate the next debate.
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    This is the way the number of candidates will be whittled down, we just say that with Governor Perry dropping out of the campaign.

  • WVF

    Trump 2016!

  • Leonard Chambliss

    Ahhhh… would you tell us the TIME of the debate, pls… thx…

  • niko

    It just bothers me that I cannot watch the debates on regular TV in NYC. Trump expressed his views that the debate should be televised nationally. All the candidates should have said that. Listening to the debate on talk radio just isn’t the same .

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