Fox Business Network Winnows Field For Jan. 14 Primetime GOP Debate

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Fox Business Network has tightened the criteria for participation in the primetime portion of its Jan. 14 debate among Republican presidential hopefuls. Under the new rules, the primetime debate is likely to be limited to a field of six or less.

The rules stipulate that the primetime debate contenders have meet at least one of three eligibility requirements: place in the top six in an average of the five most recent national polls released by Jan. 11; place in the top five in Iowa in an average of five recent polls; or place in the top five in New Hampshire in an average of five polls.

As the poll rankings stand today, Fox Business estimates that six candidates would qualify for the primetime portion. The Dec. 15 GOP debate on CNN featured nine participants in the primetime telecast.

Fox Business will also host an undercard debate earlier in the day on Jan. 14. Eligibility in the earlier debate will be set at candidates achieving at least a 1% showing in the five most recent national polls.

The Jan. 14 debate at the North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, S.C., will focus on economic, domestic and international policy issues. Fox Business first GOP debate, held Nov. 10, set a ratings record for the cabler with 13.5 million viewers.

The field of Republican contenders for the presidential nomination is already thinning out as the Iowa caucuses draw near. On Monday, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina ended his bid for the White House.

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  1. Rich Chappell says:

    Yes, please. Limit it to 5 or 6 candidates. I don’t really care how. More importantly, give each of them a specific amount of time to answer, and only keep their mic on during that allotted time to answer. No more talking over each other or ignoring the moderators.

  2. How are the polls taken? By calling landline phones? Obviously this doesn’t paint a true picture, since most 18 – 30 year olds….the people most likely to vote for Rand Paul only have cell phones. At least one of the polls in each category should be taken at colleges.

  3. Pete Peters says:

    I want Carly in the debate

  4. What if the polls are rigged in some way? I have noticed in comment boards all over the web that Rand Paul appears to be fairly popular yet they always seem to have him practically falling off of the stage in these debates. In addition, the moderators do not seem to ask him very many questions nor give him a chance to comment often enough. I wonder, could the unpopularity of Rand Paul be by media design rather than what the real people outside of media think? I won’t beat around the bush, this is what I think is happening to Rand Paul.

    • I won’t beat around the bush either. The large majority of people are either uninterested in, unimpressed by, or unsupportive of Rand Paul. His supporters are loud and insistent, but not particularly numerous. That you see a lot of them is a reflection of confirmation bias, and the tendency of Internet political discussion to create echo chambers of like-minded individuals. On the whole, though, we’re just not that into him.

      • John Newman says:

        They like to almost do a media blackout of him like they did his Dad Ron Paul. I’m pretty sure if they got elected and did some of the things they wanted to do they would be assassinated like JFK.

      • Dump Trump says:

        Who is we? People in your echo chamber of like-minded individuals?

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