With only four months to go until the first Republican presidential primary debate, it’s still unclear who will be on stage as only five candidates have been officially announced, but other rumors are considering running.
The Republican National Committee announced Wednesday that Fox News will host the first debate of the 2024 election cycle, which will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in August, in conjunction with the Republican National Committee’s summer meeting.
It remains unclear what criteria candidates must meet to get to the debate stage, but there are whispers that the RNC may require candidates to sign a commitment to support the finalist if they want to participate.
This could pose a problem for former President Donald Trump, who is unlikely to throw his weight behind any 2024 candidate that isn’t him.
“At this time, no further debates have been sanctioned, and the final parameters for the first debate have not been determined,” RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said in February.
Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel (R) announced Wednesday morning on Fox & Friends (pictured) that the Fox News Network is hosting the first ever RNC presidential primary debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in August.
It remains unclear who will take the debate stage, and the RNC has yet to release qualification requirements for the first debate. Some say discussions about asking candidates to support the final candidate would be disqualifying for Donald Trump
The debate, titled “Fox News Republican Primary Debate with Partners Young America’s Foundation and Rumble,” will be broadcast exclusively on Fox News and live on Rumble, featured as a conservative and freestyle alternative on YouTube.
It is not yet clear which Fox News personalities will moderate the debate.
“We’ll also be involved with some very exciting partners,” McDaniel told Fox & Friends in an interview Wednesday morning.
“For the first time ever, we’re going to be broadcasting live on the Rumble,” she said. We’re off Big Tech, YouTube is owned by Google, we’re going to have an RNC on the Rumble. And then the Young America Foundation that Scott Walker is running to really reach out to young voters, they’re based in Wisconsin so they’ll be partners as well.
The debate will take place in August in Milwaukee, host to the summer meeting of the National Committee of the Red Party. It comes 11 months before the 2024 Republican National Convention, which will also be hosted in the Midwestern state.
Wisconsin was the primary swing state that turned red for Trump in 2016 before swinging blue for Joe Biden in 2020 by just 0.63 percent on Trump, helping the incumbent to the victory over the then-incumbent.
Former ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley is the only woman to date to announce her candidacy for the Republican presidential primary.
Millionaire Vivek Ramaswamy (left) and former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson (right) have also announced their candidacy and will compete to be on the debate stage despite appearing in single digits in the polls so far.
Although Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has not yet announced a bid, he consistently comes in second place on the primary ballot for the election.
The only announced 2024 GOP presidential candidates so far are Trump, his former ambassador to the United Nations, former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson, biotech millionaire Vivek Ramaswamy, and Michigan businessman Perry Johnson, who tried to run for governor last year.
Some potential candidates have said they do not plan to announce until the end of the year or the beginning of 2024, while others say they are considering entering the race formally in the coming months.
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, on Wednesday announced the launch of a presidential exploratory committee, which is usually the last step taken before a race is officially entered.
This field is expected to grow exponentially in the coming weeks and months.
Among those expected to enter are Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is quickly emerging as a close second to Trump’s popularity, and former Vice President Mike Pence.
Former Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu are also considering their own bids. governments. Also thinking are Kristi Noem of South Dakota, Glenn Youngkin of Virginia, and former deputies Will Hurd of Texas, Mike Rogers of Michigan and Liz Cheney of Wyoming.