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Two GOP presidential debates are set for Iowa and New Hampshire in January before voting begins

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Republican Debates

Two Republican primary debates are scheduled to take place in January, shortly before the respective GOP nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. CNN has announced its hosting of these events, with the first debate set for January 10 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, just five days ahead of the state’s pivotal caucuses. The second debate will be held on January 21 at St. Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire, just two days before the state’s leadoff primary.

This announcement follows a recent GOP debate that featured Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Notably, former President Donald Trump, who is the leading contender for the 2024 GOP nomination, has yet to participate in any debates and has indicated he does not intend to do so.

Keith Schipper, the Communications Director for the Republican National Committee (RNC), clarified that the CNN-hosted debates are not officially sanctioned by the RNC. However, discussions are ongoing within the RNC’s Debates Committee regarding the possibility of allowing candidates to participate in unsanctioned debates, though a decision has not been reached at this time. The source providing this information requested anonymity when speaking to The Big Big News.

The criteria for candidates to qualify for these debates have become more stringent. To participate in the Iowa debate, candidates must garner at least 10% support in three separate polls, either on a national scale or within Iowa. Candidates who achieve a top-three finish in the Iowa caucuses will receive invitations to the New Hampshire debate. Additionally, candidates can qualify by meeting CNN’s polling requirements, which include a 10% polling threshold in New Hampshire. Importantly, one of the three required polls must be conducted and approved by CNN from the respective state. Unlike previous RNC-sanctioned debates, candidates are not obligated to meet specific fundraising thresholds based on the number of donors.

The qualification window for the Iowa debate closes on January 2, while for the New Hampshire debate, it ends on January 16.

For more information, you can contact Meg Kinnard at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Republican Debates

What are the key details about the upcoming GOP presidential debates in Iowa and New Hampshire?

Two Republican primary debates are scheduled for January, just before the respective GOP nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. The first debate is on January 10 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and the second is on January 21 at St. Anselm College in Goffstown, New Hampshire.

Who is hosting these debates?

CNN is hosting both of these debates.

Which candidates have participated in recent GOP debates?

Recent debates have featured Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. However, former President Donald Trump, a leading contender for the 2024 GOP nomination, has not participated in any debates and has no plans to do so.

Are these debates officially sanctioned by the Republican National Committee (RNC)?

No, these debates are not officially sanctioned by the RNC.

Is there a possibility for candidates to participate in unsanctioned debates?

Discussions within the RNC’s Debates Committee are ongoing regarding the possibility of allowing candidates to participate in debates not approved by the party, but a decision has not yet been made.

What are the qualification criteria for candidates to participate in these debates?

To qualify for the Iowa debate, candidates must achieve at least 10% support in three separate polls, either nationally or in Iowa. Candidates who finish in the top three in the Iowa caucuses will also be invited to the New Hampshire debate. Qualification can also be met by meeting CNN’s polling requirements, including a 10% polling threshold in New Hampshire. One of the three required polls must be conducted and approved by CNN from the respective state.

Are candidates required to meet specific fundraising thresholds for these debates?

No, unlike previous RNC-sanctioned debates, candidates are not required to meet specific fundraising thresholds based on the number of donors.

When does the qualification window for these debates close?

For the Iowa debate, the qualification window closes on January 2. For the New Hampshire debate, it closes on January 16.

Who can be contacted for more information about this topic?

For more information, you can contact Meg Kinnard at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP.

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Reader123 December 8, 2023 - 6:17 am

Woh, lotsa info bout GOP debates in Iowa & New Hampshire. CNN hostin’ em. But wait, Trump ain’t in em debates, huh? RNC not like these debates, talkin ’bout maybe let candidates in unsanctioned ones. Polls, polls, and more polls, they decide who’s in. No fundraisin’ rules this time. Qual window closin’ soon!

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