CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will moderate tonight’s Republican Debate on CNN, the final opportunity for the crowded field to debate in 2015. Dana Bash and Hugh Hewitt will also be involved asking questions of the candidates, who will be split into undercard and primetime debates.
Both debates will be held at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada.
At 6 p.m. ET, the following candidates will take the stage:
Former New York Governor George Pataki
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham
At 8:30 p.m. ET, the leading contenders for the Republican party nomination will debate in the following order, left to right on stage:
Ohio Governor John Kasich
Florida Senator Marco Rubio
Dr. Ben Carson
Texas Senator Ted Cruz
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul
Entering this past weekend, the fate of Rand Paul was uncertain; a CNN spokeswoman said Sunday, “In light of new polling released this morning and in the spirit of being as inclusive as possible, CNN has decided to include Sen. Rand Paul in the prime-time debate.” Tuesday night will also mark the return of Chris Christie to the main debate stage, after sparring in the undercard last month in Milwaukee on Fox Business.
According to CNN, “Candidates must meet one of three criteria in polls conducted between October 29 and December 13 and recognized by CNN: an average of at least 3.5% nationally; at least 4% in Iowa; or at least 4% in New Hampshire.” The hashtag #GOPDebate will be used throughout the night to promote social media engagement with viewers at home.
Find out how to watch the debate live online here, and check back for Mediaite coverage throughout tomorrow night’s events.
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