CLEVELAND, OHIO – August 4, 2015 (Gephardt Daily) – A pair of Republican governors snagged the final two slots in tonight’s highly anticipated Fox News debate between a growing field of GOP candidates vying for their party’s presidential nomination.
Ohio Governor John Kasich and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie clinched the last two spots for the 10-candidate debate that also includes Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, and Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul.
Missing from the prime time line-up are Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, Jim Gilmore, and the only woman in the Republican race, Carly Fiorina. The group will still have a chance to participate in a 5 p.m. debate that will precede the main attraction.
GOP chairman Reince Priebus told USA Today he sees the event as a win-win situation for the republican party. “Our field is the biggest and most diverse of any party in history and I am glad to see that every one of those extremely qualified candidates will have the opportunity to participate on Thursday evening,” said Priebus.
The prime time debate will air on Fox News at 9 p.m. Thursday evening “live” from Cleveland.