DemDaily: Setting The Stage. The Second Republican Debate

September 26, 2023

The second Republican primary debate of the 2024 presidential election will take place tomorrow night in Simi Valley, California, where seven candidates will grace the debate stage.

Absent from the first debate field will be former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, who did not meet the new heightened donor and polling qualification requirements set by the Republican National Committee (RNC).

Former President Donald Trump also qualified but, as with the first debate, has chosen not to attend. He instead will be holding a rival event in Detroit, Michigan.

The Debate Details
Date: September 27, 2023, Wednesday
Time: 9:00pm-11:00pm ET
Location: Simi Valley, California, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
Host Network/Partners: Fox Business, Univision
Moderators: Fox Media Anchors Stuart Varney and Dana Perino, Univision's Ilia Calderón
Live Streaming: Fox, Rumble

Format: The candidates will have one minute to answer questions posed by the moderators and 30 seconds for follow-ups. There will be no opening or closings statements. Candidates will be positioned according to polling performance, from the center out.

Candidates: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum.

Absent: GOP candidates that did not meet the debate requirements: former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, former Texas Congressman Will Hurd, Michigan businessman Perry Johnson and conservative radio host Larry Elder.

Qualifications
As established by the Republican National Committee:

1) Polling
Poll at least 3% in two national polls OR 3% in one national poll and 3% in two polls conducted from separate early nominated states, which include Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina (up from 1% in first debate).

For a poll to be recognized, it must:
• Survey at least 800 registered likely Republican voters through a mix of live calls, integrated voice response, online panels, and/or text message.
• Not overly weight responses of any individual cohort beyond the margin of the error of the poll.
• Ask the question on presidential preference prior to any question which may allow potential bias.
• Not be conducted by a polling company affiliated with a candidate or candidate committee.
• The polling must have been conducted on or after August 1, 2023.

2) Fundraising
• Have a minimum of 50,000 unique donors to candidate’s principal presidential campaign committee, including 200 unique donors in 20+ states and/or territories (up from 40,000 in first debate).
• Present the evidence to the RNC no later than 48 hours prior to the debate.

3) Candidate Pledge
• Have signed a pledge agreeing not to participate in any non-RNC sanctioned debate for the remainder of the election cycle.
• Have signed pledge agreeing to support the eventual party nominee.
• Have signed RNC data-sharing agreement.
• Pledges and agreement to the RNC must be signed no later than 48 hours prior to the debate.

The third GOP presidential primary debate will take place on Wednesday, November 8 in Miami, Florida.

Related
DemDaily: Disqualified to Run? 9/12/23
DemDaily: Debate Download 8/25/23
DemDaily: Making the Debate Stage 8/22/23
DemDaily: Georgia Charges Trump +18 in Criminal Enterprise 8/15/23
DemDaily: The United States v. Donald Trump 8/2/23
DemDaily: The Trials of Trump. Where They Stand 7/31/23
DemDaily: 2nd Quarter Fundraising Positions Presidentials 7/17/23
DemDaily: The Endorsement Game 7/6/23

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