GOP Presidential Debates


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  • We’re less than a week away from Super Tuesday, when roughly a quarter of the Republican delegates will be up for grabs. Reliable polling is still remarkably hard to come by for many of the 11 states voting on Tuesday, but by now it should come as no surprise which Republican is the favorite to have the best day: Donald J. Trump.
  • The next Republican presidential debate is Saturday in Greenville, South Carolina, a state that promises an unpleasant race to the finish line. There was a GOP debate in Charleston just last month. CBS News hosts this meeting; it ran a Democratic debate in Iowa in November.
  • Here's this year's debate schedule.
  • It's debate night in Sin City. Republican presidential candidates are in Las Vegas for their last debate of the year, just seven weeks before the 2016 nominating race gets underway at the Iowa
  • With the Republican establishment’s anguish rising along with the ascent of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, Tuesday night’s debate could be the most dramatic yet, coming just 48 days before voters have their say in Iowa. All eyes, as ever, will be on Trump. The real estate mogul is polling at his highest level of the 2016 race, even after — or perhaps because of — remarks about Muslims that his rivals have denounced. Party higher-ups, however, remain uncertain about how, or whether, to wage a concerted effort to destroy him.
  • Nine candidates will appear in prime-time Tuesday night for the final Republican presidential primary debate of 2015, a critical event that will help shape the contest heading into the Iowa caucuses.
  • Fox Business Network hasn’t exactly been subtle about its plan to make Tuesday’s Republican presidential primary debate better than the last one. Here’s the script of a 10-second promo for the event in Milwaukee: “CNBC never asked the real questions, never covered the real issues. That’s why on November 10, the real debate about our economy and our future is only on Fox Business Network.”
  • Ben Carson and Marco Rubio will try to maintain their momentum while several once-formidable candidates battle for survival at the fourth Republican presidential debate of the campaign on Tuesday night. The debate, taking place in Milwaukee and hosted by Fox Business Network, comes at a critical time in the 2016 race.
  • Debates are the new currency of presidential campaigns. The first three Republican presidential debates have drawn record audiences. At least so far, they’ve done more to affect the candidates’ standings than millions of dollars spent on field organizations and TV ads. Now the GOP hopefuls are slated to meet again Tuesday night in Milwaukee. Here are six things to watch.
  • Fox Business Network, the host of Tuesday’s GOP debate, has its claws out — not for the candidates, as its moderators vow to stick closely to the issues, but for its more famous competitor CNBC. Tuesday’s encounter will be the first Republican debate since CNBC’s on Oct. 28, after which multiple campaigns blasted the moderators for losing control and asking “gotcha” questions — while Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus dismissed it as a “crap sandwich.”
  • When Maria Bartiromo and Neil Cavuto kick off Fox Business Network’s debate on Tuesday evening, they’re going for one thing more important than ratings. They want the Republicans running for the White House to offer specifics. The business duo will guide the conversation for the relatively new network—it launched in 2007—as back-to-back debates take place in a Milwaukee theater. The lesser-polling candidates will kick things off with an undercard debate, while the eight top-polling contenders will face-off in primetime.
  • The Republican presidential campaign is entering a decidedly more competitive phase as candidates prepare to take the debate stage on Wednesday night.
  • On Wednesday night, the moderators of the third GOP debate -- CNBC's Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick and John Harwood -- will try to add a little more gravitas by focusing on what they view as the most important issue in the race: The economy.
  • The next Republican presidential debate is just four weeks away — and on Wednesday afternoon, host CNBC announced its rules for which candidates will qualify:
  • If Wednesday night's GOP debate lives up to expectations, it will be the highest-rated program in the history of CNN.
  • Donald Trump will play the lead role in the second Republican presidential debate tonight -- but his rivals are jockeying to steal his spotlight.
  • Round two of the Republican presidential debates airs on September 16, 2015. CNN Politics keeps you up-to-date with live updates throughout the evening.
  • Given just how much has changed in the GOP race after the first debate and given the upcoming end to the fundraising quarter (Sept. 30!), the pressure is on for the 11 Republican candidates to perform at tonight's second debate in California at 8:00 pm ET. We'll find out which of the second-tier candidates (who all thought they'd be first tier by now) moves up or falls back. Think Walker, Paul, Rubio, Christie, Huckabee, and Kasich. Here's what each candidate needs to do:
  • The Republican presidential candidates gather in the hills of Southern California on Wednesday for yet another battle between "the outsiders" and "the establishment." Front-runner Donald Trump and other self-proclaimed outsider candidates — including retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and businesswoman Carly Fiorina — figure to cast their lack of government experience as assets during the second Republican debate of the 2016 cycle.
  • The top 10 candidates for the Republican presidential nomination only had a few minutes each on Thursday to capture the attention of voters tuning in to the first big-league Republican presidential debate. Donald Trump may have grabbed the most headlines from the night, but the prime-time debate didn't yield a clear victor. The night did offer a few breakout stars, and no candidate seemed to have sunk their campaign by the end of the night.