Fox News will transmit the first presidential nominating debate for the Republican Party, which will take place later this year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
During the national party’s summer meeting, Ronna McDaniel, chair of the RNC, says the debate could span up to two evenings of political theater. When questioned about the possibility, she responded, “We’ll shortly publish the criteria. Uncertainty regarding the number of candidates will determine whether there will be one or two stages. I do not foresee two stages at this time, but I could be incorrect. The field is developing later than normal.”
Candidates vying for airtime and the opportunity to become frontrunners have placed debates at the center of attention over the years. During the 2016 election season, there were 12 GOP debates, some of which required two stages to accommodate all 17 candidates.
Recent polls indicate that Trump has a commanding lead over former ambassador Nikki Haley, former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson, technology entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and Michigan industrialist Perry Johnson. Several other prominent Republicans, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, and former Vice President Mike Pence, are considering presidential bids. Scott formed an exploratory committee on Wednesday, allowing a candidate to try the resources before making an official announcement.
Young America’s Foundation is sponsoring the first debate, for which Rumble has obtained the streaming rights.
McDaniel responded to a query regarding whether she would require all candidates to support the GOP nominee by stating, “it’s about beating Joe Biden. It’s about beating what’s happening in this country right now. And we can only do that united, so we want every candidate to pledge that heading into this process.”