Thanks to a late Fox News poll out on Sunday showing Rand Paul with five percent support in Iowa, the Kentucky Senator will make the cut-off for the primetime GOP debate stage on Tuesday, December 15. CNN has now confirmed the lineups for the primetime debate and the earlier undercard debate based on a polling window which ended on December 13.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
CNN Republican Debate in Las Vegas

Live Stream:
Moderator: Wolf Blitzer

Primetime Debate
8:30pm ET (7:30pm CT, 5:30pm PT)
Candidates: Trump, Carson, Rubio, Cruz, Bush, Kasich, Christie, Fiorina, Paul

Undercard Debate
6pm ET (5pm CT, 3pm PT)
Candidates: Huckabee, Santorum, Graham, Pataki

Report from CNN:

Nine candidates will appear in prime-time Tuesday night for the final Republican presidential primary debate of 2015, a critical event that will help shape the contest heading into the Iowa caucuses.

Businessman Donald Trump, the front-runner for the nomination, will again be center stage flanked by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson on his right and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on his left, CNN announced Sunday. The six remaining participants in the prime-time contest will be Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

Four candidates — former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and former New York Gov. George Pataki — will appear in the first debate on Tuesday evening.

CNN considered live interviewer national and state surveys by ABC News, Bloomberg News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, Gallup, Marist University, McClatchy News Service, Monmouth News Service, NBC News, The New York Times, Pew Research Center, Quinnipiac University, Time, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Des Moines Register, the University of New Hampshire, WBUR and WMUR.

The debate will be moderated by Wolf Blitzer, with CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash joining Salem Radio Network talk show host Hugh Hewitt as questioners.

Rand Paul was in danger of falling to the earlier debate, though some have argued that position would have given him a greater presence and ability to convey his message than being on stage with 8 other candidates. As it goes, Paul will fill out the primetime event once again.

A larger field in primetime is probably good news for the front runners since it provides less time for them to be quizzed on policy or risk making gaffes which their opponents can capitalize on.


  1. What a joke!

    The only candidates present must be on MERIT alone — not MSM polling!

    Meaning: Rand Paul, Ben Carson and Trump. The rest are included just to obfuscate the Real Issues — the preservation of ALL Constitutional Liberties for All Real Americans, and the DEPORTATION of ALL ILLEGAL Foreigners! The stoppage of ALL MUSLIMS from entering our nation, EVER AGAIN (no Muslim ever built our Nation, so why are any allowed here — how many of them fought at Bunker Hill, or the Alamo…?!).

    Instead of having these 3 patriots only — Wolf-the-Jew-Blitzer will use his MSM CNN to make a circus out of the Republican Debate, reducing ALL of Merit to next to ZERO time by spending valuable time on the other six no-goodniks!

    Watch Wolf-the-Jew-Blitzer spend a lot of time on his zionist pal Ted Cruz — who stated to American Christians: “If you don’t stand with Israel, I won’t stand with you!”

    Ted Cruz Booed Offstage By Christians Who Had Enough:

    Also, watch Wolf-the-Jew-Blitzer spend a lot of time on his other zionist pal, Carly Fiorina, who states as President she’ll make two phone calls: “The first to my good friend Bibi Netanyahu to assure him we stand with the State of Israel” — how ludicrous and anti-American is this, as President her FIRST PHONE CALL will be to the Dictator of the terrorist State of Israel, to assure him: “We Won!” LOL….

    It will be interesting after this farce, how many more Real Americans will awaken, and give thumbs up to the Patriots that were blackened, and thumbs down to the Jewish owned Mainstream Media that does its worst to destroy our Free Republic (anti-Semitic…? — no just plain facts…see below).

    “Today, seven Jewish Americans run the vast majority
    of US television networks, the printed press, the Hollywood movie industry,
    the book publishing industry, and the recording industry. Most of these
    industries are bundled into huge media conglomerates run by the following
    seven individuals:

    Gerald Levin, CEO and Director of AOL Time Warner

    Michael Eisner, Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company

    Edgar Bronfman, Sr., Chairman of Seagram Company Ltd

    Edgar Bronfman, Jr, President and CEO of Seagram Company
    Ltd and head of Universal Studios

    Sumner Redstone, Chairman and CEO of Viacom, Inc

    Dennis Dammerman, Vice Chairman of General Electric

    Peter Chernin, President and Co-COO of News Corporation

    Those seven Jewish men collectively control ABC, NBC,
    CBS, the Turner Broadcasting System, CNN, MTV, Universal Studios, MCA Records,
    Geffen Records, DGC Records, GRP Records, Rising Tide Records, Curb/Universal
    Records, and Interscope Records.

    Most of the larger independent newspapers are owned by
    Jewish interests as well. An example is media mogul is Samuel I. “Si”
    Newhouse, who owns two dozen daily newspapers from Staten Island to Oregon,
    plus the Sunday supplement Parade; the Conde Nast collection of magazines,
    including Vogue, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Allure, GQ, and Self; the
    publishing firms of Random House, Knopf, Crown, and Ballantine, among other
    imprints; and cable franchises with over one million subscribers.”

    You may question my conclusions — but no-one can question these facts.

  2. I was hoping that Rand would be dropped to the kiddie table, since he’d be “a big fish in a small pond,” and get all the attention. Look at the way Fiorina and Christie jumped up from there.

    As it is, Rand will just blend in, I’m afraid, since there are way too many people at the big people’s table.

    • There are too many people. Only 4 or 5 (at most, and that’s being generous) of them stand a chance as the nominee. Split the field at something like 7 or 8 percent instead of 3 percent.

      • On the kiddie table — War, war, war…LOL!

        Seems that a dirty dozen of Muslim Terrorists warrant fear…and thus more wars!

        Pathetic display of warmongering based on irrational fear of a ragtag Enemy that has No Airforce, No Navy and No Mechanized Army to cross oceans to attack America with any semblance of Military Might!

        Instead of More NONSTOP WARS as the idiotic solution of these kiddie war-hawks — how about being rational and BANNING all Muslims from coming to America…?!

      • There were four early and nine late. Instead of a percentage line to qualify, they should just split them: seven early, six late.

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