Next Republican Debate Held At Reagan Library, 16 Of 17 Make The Cut

The next Republican Debate will be held in Simi Valley, California, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, and it will be hosted by CNN, Newsweek reports. The last debate included 17 officially declared candidates that are vying for the office of President of The United States of America, and happened in two rounds on Fox. The invites were sent out by former first lady Nancy Reagan personally, who invited all the “qualified” candidates from the previous debate, except for former Governor of Virginia, Jim Gilmore.

The qualifications to participate in the Republican debate at the Reagan Library, which were set earlier this year, have required the candidates to average at least 1% in three national polls, which Gilmore falls short of. Like the debate on Fox, the Republican candidates will be split into two groups, and will debate at different times based upon success in the polls. The top 10 candidates will once again be on stage at the same time.

According to CNN, Nancy Reagan has offered a statement about the debate.

“Debates are a crucial part of the election process, and I’m thrilled that so many qualified candidates have the opportunity to be heard at the Reagan Presidential Library,”

Participating in this Republican debate will be Donald Trump, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, current Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and former New York Governor George Pataki.

Like the Fox debate, it is not known who will be part of the “main event” because there is no way to tell what the Republican polls will look like a month from now. Carly Fiorina and Bobby Jindal both did quite well in the last debate and curried favor in the polls. In the second round of the Republican contest, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio, fared rather well, while the rest of the Republican candidates, like John Kasich and Ben Carson seemed to be struggling to get on camera, competing with the animosity that was growing between Donald Trump and Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

The Republican debate will be held on CNN on September 16, and will be hosted by CNN “State of the Union” anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper.

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