We now have a confirmed list of candidates and an air time for the upcoming Voters First Republican Presidential Forum on Monday, Aug. 3, at St. Anselm College. The event will carry live on C-SPAN at 7pm ET and also be available by live stream as well. C-SPAN has an event page where you can signup to be alerted when it airs.


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Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Rand Paul are in. Donald Trump is out.

A total of 14 candidates will participate in the Voters First Republican Presidential Forum on Monday, Aug. 3, at St. Anselm College. The two-hour forum, intended to highlight the importance of the first-in-the-nation primary, along with the Iowa caucuses and South Carolina’s early primary.

Candidate Trump bowed out because, an aide said, he was upset with a Union Leader editorial this week that mocked him for saying that U.S. Sen. John McCain was not a war hero. McCain, shot down by the North Vietnamese, suffered years of torture after refusing to be released early because his father was an admiral.

Joining Bush, Walker, Paul and Sen. Rubio will be Carly Fiorina, Govs. Bobby Jindal, John Kasich and Chris Christie, former Govs. Rick Perry and George Pataki; U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, and Dr. Ben Carson.

As noted, the event will air on Monday, Aug. 3, at 7pm ET on C-SPAN as well as live stream. We’ll have links available on Monday with streaming information.

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