Undercard debate begins at 4:00 pm (AZ time)
The latest Republican Presidential debate — the first in the 2016 election year — will be held in North Charleston, South Carolina .tonight, Thursday, Jan. 14. The event will be hosted by Fox Business Network. Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo will moderate the prime time debate. Trish Regan and Sandra Smith will moderate the earlier, second tier debate.
The prime time debate begins at 7:00 pm AZ Time, (9:00 pm ET). This top-tier event features seven candidates: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and John Kasich. Chris Christy who has seen a recent resurgence is back on the prime time lineup after previously being dropped to second tier.
Participants qualifying for the earlier debate which will air at 4:00 pm AZ Time (6 p.m. ET) are: Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. Carly Fiorina, dropped from the main stage this time around, will join them. Rand Paul has announced he will boycott tonight’s debate after being demoted to the lesser event.
Criteria for participation on the main stage can be found here.
Additional information on viewing accessibility can be read here.
The focus will be on economic, domestic and international policy issues.