Watch the GOP debate live stream from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, starting at 7 p.m. ET, with the lower tier candidates and continuing in primetime at 9 p.m. ET with the top-tier Presidential hopefuls.
The Fox Business Network is promising no “gotcha” questions such as those posed by the condescending CNBC moderators during the last GOP debate, which earned them scorn not only from the candidates, but members of the media and public at large. Instead, the network says the panel of moderators will focus on issues related to the economy.
According to Politico, primetime GOP debate moderators Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo are working hard to be completely different from the embattled CNBC moderators, Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick, and John Hardwood.
“My goal is to make myself invisible,” Cavuto said in an interview last week. “That I’m not the issue… That we’re not the issue. The answers to what we’re raising become the issue.”
“After that (CNBC) debate, I realized, I knew my marching orders.” Bartiromo added. “It was clearer than ever what my marching orders are, and that is to help the viewer, help the voter better understand what each candidate’s plan is; is it a realistic plan, can it work and how is it different from the next guy or gal, and that’s what I plan to focus on.”
Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Gerard Baker will also join Cavuto and Bartiromo as a GOP debate moderator.
When you watch the GOP debate live stream, you will see that for the first time this election season, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will not be in the prime-time broadcast, after his poll numbers qualified him for the lower-tier group. This has angered his supporters, especially after Christie made headlines last week when he opened up about a successful college friend who died from drug addiction. However, it seems that FBN had already made their decision about who would be included in the prime-time GOP debate.
Despite being relegated to the earlier GOP debate in Milwaukee, Governor Christie took his demotion in stride and during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe said good-naturedly, “I’ll be on a stage where I’m going to get a lot more time to talk.”
Joining Christie at 7 p.m. ET will be former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum. Huckabee is also participating in the lower-tier GOP debate for the first time.
Those who tune in to watch the GOP debate at 9 p.m. ET will see retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Ohio Governor John Kasich, and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul face-off.
Fox Business Network is promising they will focus their GOP debate questions on matters that voters care about,and they will not get involved in trying to make the Presidential candidates look bad.
“The Fox Business Network debate, presented in partnership with The Wall Street Journal, will focus on jobs, taxes, and the economy, as well as other issues.”
Most analysts agree that Jeb Bush is the one Republican candidate who has the most to lose in Milwaukee, as his earlier GOP debate performances have been lackluster. During the CNBC debate, his attack on Rubio backfired, and Christie had a moment when he slammed the former Governor after Bush made a comment about fantasy football. Bush has hired a new coach to help him with what he has admitted is his not his forte, as concerns that donors will pull out continue.
However, a lot of the attention has been on Marco Rubio’s credit card woes — the senator released his financial records to silence critics — and Dr. Carson’s biography inconsistencies, which are slowly being proven true after a now-questionable Politico article, and, of course, Donald Trump’s SNL appearance, which brought the long-running show the best ratings in three years.
Watch the GOP debate live stream from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, November 11, here starting at 7 p.m. ET.
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