The first Republican debate took place on August 23, 2023. The next one is scheduled to take place on September 27th. It will take place at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. The debate moderators and the time of the debate have not yet been announced. It will be hosted by Fox Business. There are several qualifications that must be met in order for a candidate to participate.
The candidate must be polling at three percent or greater. They also need to have at least 50,000 donors. Two hundred of those donors must come from 20 different territories or states. Former President Donald Trump is qualified for the debate. He did not attend the first debate and opted to have a sit-down interview with Tucker Carlson instead.
When former President Trump was asked about why he did not attend the first debate, he stated that he did not want to spend an hour or two debating people who should not be running for president. He is currently leading in the Republican primary polls. Many people assume he won’t be at the next debate, either.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is qualified for the debate. He is currently polling right behind Donald Trump, depending on the poll you look at. Close on his heels is Vivek Ramaswamy, a businessman who is polling in third place and has also qualified. Other debate contenders are the former United Nations Ambassador and former governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley, Former Vice President Mike Pence, Republican Senator for the state of South Carolina, Tim Scott, and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
The candidates did not hesitate to go after each other during the first debate. Vivek Ramaswamy was attacked because his opponents don’t believe he has the experience to be president. He responded by saying that his opponents were Super PAC Puppets and implied that they were all bought and paid for.
China, funding for Ukraine, and abortion were some of the topics that were discussed at the first debate. The topics for the second debate have not yet been announced. However, people are looking forward to seeing their favorite candidate elaborate on how they plan to turn the tide of the country. They also want to know about how their candidate plans to defeat Biden/Harris.
Economy/taxes, border security and immigration, the budget, education, tech, and social media are topics that we can anticipate hearing about at the next debate.