The next Republican debate happens on January 14, hosted by the Fox Business Network. Once again, there will be an undercard debate coupled with a later primetime debate as well. The Wall Street Journal is not a part of this debate, as they were for the previous Fox Business debate, so the moderators have been scaled down to just Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo.


Report from Fox Business:

FOX Business Network has announced the moderators for its two Republican presidential primary debates on Thursday, January 14.

Anchor/Managing Editor of Business News, Neil Cavuto and Anchor/Global Markets Editor, Maria Bartiromo will reprise their roles as moderators for the primetime debate, which will begin at 9 p.m. ET. The earlier debate, which is scheduled to start 6 p.m. ET, will again be moderated by anchors Trish Regan and Sandra Smith.

The debates, which have been sanctioned by the Republican National Committee, will take place at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, South Carolina. They will follow a similar format to the network’s inaugural debate, focusing on economic, domestic and international policy issues.

The debates will factor in both national polls, as well as those based in Iowa and New Hampshire conducted and released prior to Monday, January 11 at 6 p.m. ET. The primetime debate will feature candidates that place in the top six nationally, and place within the top five in Iowa or New Hampshire, while the remaining candidates will be invited to the early debate.

The candidates that qualify for each debate will be announced on FBN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight on Monday, January 11 at 7 p.m. ET.

We’ll know by Monday how many candidates will make the primetime stage, it could be as few as six. This debate could mark the first time when the primetime field has been trimmed by tightening the polling thresholds. With less than 30 days to Iowa, it’s time to start thinning the field.

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