Second Republican Presidential Debate Narrows Down to Seven Candidates: Notable Absences Include Asa Hutchinson

by Andrew Wright
Second Republican Presidential Debate

The roster for the second Republican presidential debate has been contracted, with seven contenders set to appear for Wednesday evening’s discussion at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. The Republican National Committee confirmed that Asa Hutchinson, former Governor of Arkansas, failed to qualify for this round.

Donald Trump, the initial frontrunner in the Republican presidential race who abstained from the initial debate, will once again be conspicuously absent from the proceedings. He is scheduled to engage in events in Michigan, a pivotal battleground state.

Primary states in focus for this election cycle include Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina.

Additional GOP Debate Coverage

  • Donald Trump aims for delegate sweep in California, a state he openly criticizes.
  • DeSantis and Newsom slated for a November Fox News debate moderated by Sean Hannity.
  • The RNC’s streaming partner for the GOP debate is under scrutiny for disinformation and extremism.

To meet the eligibility criteria for the debate, candidates were required to secure at least 50,000 unique contributors, with a minimum of 200 donors from at least 20 states or territories. Furthermore, each candidate had to commit to an RNC pledge to back the party’s eventual nominee.

A Closer Look at the Contending Candidates

Who’s In:

Ron DeSantis

Long considered the most formidable adversary to Donald Trump, the Governor of Florida has experienced a decline in national Republican support, falling short of earlier campaign expectations.

Tim Scott

The Senator from South Carolina aims to make a more significant impact in the upcoming debate, following a subdued performance in Milwaukee. Scott has petitioned the RNC for better stage placement, although the committee has not indicated any plans to comply.

Nikki Haley

The sole Republican woman in the contest, Haley saw a surge in campaign contributions following her initial debate appearance. The former U.N. ambassador and South Carolina governor currently holds second place in her home state’s polls, trailing Trump but outpacing other GOP competitors.

Vivek Ramaswamy

This political neophyte managed to make a lasting impression during the first debate, frequently targeted for his inexperience but also garnering attention and campaign contributions.

Chris Christie

The former New Jersey Governor focuses his campaign on being the singular candidate prepared to challenge Donald Trump. Christie found himself without his primary target in the first debate and aims for a stronger impact in the upcoming event.

Doug Burgum

The North Dakota Governor, currently in his second term, overcame a tendon injury to participate in the first debate and has been deploying his personal wealth to bolster his campaign.

Mike Pence

The former Vice President is leaning into his reputation for statesmanship and experience as he vies for increased visibility in the next debate.

Who Decided Not to Participate (Again):

Donald Trump

The current GOP frontrunner will skip another debate, this time engaging with union workers in Michigan. His strategy is seemingly aimed at not providing a platform to his lower-polling rivals.

Who Made It Last Time but Not This Time:

Asa Hutchinson

The former Arkansas Governor will spend Wednesday in Michigan, hosting a press conference focused on challenging Donald Trump’s purportedly false promises.

Meg Kinnard can be contacted at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Second Republican Presidential Debate

Who are the candidates that have qualified for the second Republican presidential debate?

The candidates who have qualified are Ron DeSantis, Tim Scott, Nikki Haley, Vivek Ramaswamy, Chris Christie, Doug Burgum, and Mike Pence.

Who has been notably absent from the second Republican presidential debate?

Donald Trump and Asa Hutchinson are the notable absences. Donald Trump has decided to skip the debate to engage with union workers in Michigan. Asa Hutchinson failed to meet the qualifying criteria for this round.

What are the requirements for qualification for the second Republican debate?

Candidates needed at least 50,000 unique donors, with at least 200 of those coming from 20 states or territories. They also had to sign an RNC pledge promising to support the party’s eventual nominee.

Where and when is the second Republican presidential debate taking place?

The debate is scheduled for Wednesday evening at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.

What primary states are considered significant in this election cycle?

Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina are the primary states under focus for this election cycle.

Is Donald Trump participating in the debates?

No, Donald Trump has decided to skip his second consecutive debate. He will be in Michigan to engage with union workers.

What is Asa Hutchinson doing instead of participating in the debate?

Instead of participating in the debate, Asa Hutchinson will be in Michigan on Wednesday, holding a press conference his campaign describes as “calling out Donald Trump’s false promises.”

Is Nikki Haley the only female Republican candidate in the debate?

Yes, Nikki Haley is the sole female candidate in the Republican field and will be the only woman on stage during the debate.

What issues have been divisive among the Republican candidates?

Among the divisive issues are abortion, experience, and whether to support Donald Trump even if he faces felony charges.

More about Second Republican Presidential Debate

  • Republican National Committee Official Website
  • Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Official Website
  • GOP Primary State Focus: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina
  • Candidate Qualification Requirements for Republican Debates
  • Asa Hutchinson’s Campaign Official Website
  • Donald Trump’s Decision to Skip Debates: Analysis
  • Campaign Fundraising in the Republican Field: Trends and Analysis
  • Meg Kinnard’s Twitter Profile

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HelenJones September 26, 2023 - 2:00 pm

Doug Burgum’s tactics seem a bit, I dunno, shady? Campaign finance law should take a look at those gift cards.

LucyL September 26, 2023 - 2:36 pm

Pence playing the statesman card again, eh? Guess it’s one way to stand out from the crowd.

JeffM September 26, 2023 - 5:41 pm

Great to see Tim Scott in there, he needs more stage time tho. Why won’t RNC change the stage order? Seems unfair.

anon_reader September 26, 2023 - 9:49 pm

Asa Hutchinson had no chance to begin with. Good on him for trying tho.

JohnSmith September 26, 2023 - 10:34 pm

Wow, really comprehensive coverage here. I didn’t even know half of these candidates till I read this. Who’s this Vivek guy, seems interesting.

Tom_from_MI September 27, 2023 - 2:22 am

So Trumps in Michigan while all this is happening? Guess he’s got his strategy, lets see if it pays off.

Sara_K September 27, 2023 - 4:08 am

DeSantis and Trump are still the ones to beat. Just don’t see anyone else with that kinda pull. but then again, anything can happen, right?

CryptoMike September 27, 2023 - 4:52 am

where’s Trump? I thought he’s the frontrunner. Skipping debates is kinda risky if u ask me.

Tim_in_CA September 27, 2023 - 5:01 am

Haley is the dark horse here. Remember she’s got foreign policy experience which none of the other candidates have. She could be a real challenger.

BeccaG September 27, 2023 - 7:06 am

What’s the deal with the RNC streaming partner? Heard some negative stuff bout them, needs more investigation.


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