The moderators for the first Republican debate of the 2024 presidential election cycle were made public on Tuesday morning.
Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, two veteran Fox News presenters, will be responsible for covering the event, which is sure to be filled with thrilling moments.
The information was first reported by Deadline, which noted that the involvement of former President Trump remains uncertain:
Fox News’s Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum will moderate the first Republican primary debate on Aug. 23.
The event at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee is expected to be a big ratings getter, as was the first GOP primary debate in 2015, also aired on Fox News.
The unknown is whether Donald Trump will participate, something that would undoubtedly add to the attention of the event.
The debate is scheduled from 9 p.m. ET to 11 p.m. ET.
According to Deadline, Trump’s position on Fox News has shifted since he agreed to forego the event. In addition, he had previously stated that he had no desire to speak with Baier, particularly in light of Fox News’ coverage of the 2020 presidential election. Nevertheless, despite the intense exchanges that occurred during their sit-down interview on Friday evening, Trump appeared to be warming up to the concept of once again utilizing the cable giant to spread his message.
Last month, The New York Times reported:
Trump was resistant to having Baier question him at a debate, given the Fox News anchor’s coverage of the 2020 presidential election. But since then, Trump agreed to sit down with Baier on Monday for an interview, in which the Fox anchor told him, “You lost the 2020 election,” after Trump claimed that he won. Trump also offered comments on his recent indictment on charges of withholding classified information from federal officials.
Baier is Fox News’ chief political anchor and executive editor of Special Report with Bret Baier. MacCallum anchors and is executive editor of The Story with Martha MacCallum. Baier and MacCallum have co-anchored other Fox News special events coverage, including the midterms, and moderated a town hall with Trump at the Lincoln Memorial in 2020.
“For me, at times, the Washington Post, various people – even Fox because, you know, I’m no great fan of Fox anymore,” Trump told Baier. “But you’re sitting here,” the Fox host replied. “Well, you’ve gotta get your word out somehow, right?” Trump shot back.
“They fought me very hard in 2016, very much like the way they’re fighting me now – very, very hard and, I won. Then they became very nice,” Trump said.
Moreover, according to Baier, Fox News is the cable news channel with the most independent viewers. He asserted that Fox News is watched by more independent voters than any other television station. Trump responded, “A whole lot less than used to watch it.”