Eight things you need to know about Tuesday's GOP debate
GOP presidential candidates will square off Tuesday in Milwaukee for their fourth debate. Be sure to follow NewsOK.com for live coverage. Here's some things you might want to know about Tuesday's tilts.
Who faces the most scrutiny?
It could be the moderators. GOP candidates and Republican Party officials complained that the questioning during the last debate hosted by CNBC was "biased and inept." Several candidates chastised the moderators and threatened to no longer participate unless some changes were made.
Here's guessing that Fox Business Network hosts Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo and Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Gerard Baker will be looking to avoid becoming the center of attention during the prime-time debate.
The earlier debate will be hosted by Fox Business Network's Trish Regan and Sandra Smith and the Wall Street Journal's Washington Bureau Chief, Gerald Seib.
What happened to that letter the Republicans were going to send making demands about debate questions and formats?
The ones involved couldn’t agree on what it should say, and they wound up being mocked by Republicans who were keeping their distance from the whole thing http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2015/11/02/christie-kasich-no-to-debate-letter.html, by President Barack Obama http://www.cnn.com/2015/11/02/politics/obama-republicans-cnbc/ and The Onion. http://www.theonion.com/graphic/republicans-demands-upcoming-debates-51775?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_campaign=Pic:1:Defaul
What will be different?
There will be fewer candidates on the main stage, eight instead of ten. Under the ground rules for this debate, only candidates averaging at least 2.5 percent in the four most recent national polls taken by Nov. 4 were allowed to participate in the primetime debate. Remaining candidates averaging at least 1 percent were allowed take part in an earlier debate. The higher participation threshold forced New Jersey Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee off the main stage and prevented South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and former New York Gov. George Pataki from a spot in the undercard debate.
Pataki and Graham
So who does that leave?
On the main stage at 8 p.m.: Retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Business mogul Donald Trump, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul,.
On the undercard at 5 p.m.:
Louisana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Christie, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Huckabee.
Who needs to stand out?
Carly Fiorina. After a bump in the polls following earlier strong debate performances, the former Hewlett Packard CEO has seen her numbers fade in recent weeks. Can she recapture the momentum?
Jeb Bush. The one-time presumed favorite is still struggling to gain traction in the polls, but continues to assure donors that he's in for long haul and that slow and steady will win this race.
Will the candidates pounce more on each other or the media?
Running against the media never works, but that doesn’t mean some candidates won’t continue to try. And, after some got their feelings hurt by CNBC moderators, they may be ready to unleash on anyone who asks a question that doesn’t allow them to go straight into their talking points.
On the other hand, running against the media never works. And the ones smart enough to realize that they’re actually running against other candidates will probably bring up Marco Rubio’s financial past and terrible attendance record.
Will any of the other candidates ever attack Ben Carson?
The former neurosurgeon has seemed to escape the barbs of most other top-tier candidates. It could be because he doesn’t have a record in public life. It could also be that some of the candidates don’t take him seriously. Still, he keeps finishing at or near the top of polls. Recent questions about his biography are raising credibility issues, yet his campaign said the controversy only fueled his fundraising. He should probably expect to go on defense soon.
Will Donald Trump say something sure to set tongues wagging?
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