Crowded GOP field pared down to10 participants

Debate forum should be revealing as well as entertaining

The top 10 candidates — based on recent national polls — include Businessman Donald Trump, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Not making the cut for participation in the first forum — ranking 2 percent or less in the polls — are technology CEO Carly Fiorina, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former New York Gov. George Pataki and most recent entrant former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore.

The two-hour event will be carried live on Fox News, Thursday, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m. (Arizona time). Three of the network’s hosts — Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace — will moderate the debate.

5 Responses to Crowded GOP field pared down to10 participants

  1. azgary says:

    i think its too crowded to really get anywhere as far as a “debate” goes.
    10 candidates, 2 hours that’s only 12 minutes per candidate, not counting moderator time.

    • Tomfoolery says:

      Correct. There are far too many over inflated egos in this race. Another case of Republicans shooting themselves in the foot. It’s not actually a debate either, although that’s the way it’s continually characterized.

  2. Conservative Since Birth says:

    I didn’t think Huckabee had the numbers to be in the major debate (former Fox employee). John Kasich only jumped in two weeks ago and I’ll bet most never heard of him. Seems strange that he, and not someone like Carly Fiorina made it. Does being governor of a “swing state” have anything (political) to do with it I wonder.

    There are a couple in the ‘second tier’ that I like. I suppose they didn’t have the “numbers” but the numbers can be manipulated. It seems to me that Fox’s involvement will influence the outcome of the debates. If Jeb Bush is the candidate at the end of the campaign season, I’ll know why I’m so cynical when it comes to politics.

    Maybe a new star will emerge. Hopefully that person will be as conservative as possible and able to win.

  3. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Here’s a Donald Trump drinking game for tomorrow’s debate (N.Y. Post)

    Take a drink every time Trump . . .

    — Uses the word “disgusting.”
    — Mentions his net worth (even if he lies about it).
    — Makes a generalization about Mexico.
    — Interrupts the other candidates.
    — Calls someone a “loser.”
    — Refers to himself in the third person.
    — Discredits a news report about him by calling the news outlet “failing.”

    Take a shot if Trump . . .

    — Pulls out his phone to tweet one of his own zingers during the debate.
    — Says “huge” without the pronouncing the “h.”
    — Name-checks his own last name.
    — Says to the moderator, “Actually, it’s THE Donald.”
    — Says something racist that he probably won’t apologize for later.
    — Turns to Chris Christie and says, “Bon Jovi is better.”

    Finish your beer if Trump . . .

    — Brings a copy of his own birth certificate, just in case.
    — Pairs the “Make America great again” hat with a “Strangle your enemies” necktie.
    — Mentions the hotness of his wife or daughter (!).
    — Prank calls Lindsey Graham from the stage.
    — Pulls out of the debate — and, instead, his hair becomes sentient, leaps off his head and enters the Republican presidential race.

  4. Doc says:

    It seems a little bit hokey to me that Huckabee & Christie, niether of whom has a snowball’s chance & shouldn’t even be allowed on the set, (i.m.h.o.) made the 1st string….