The last Republican debate before the Iowa caucuses will air tonight on the Fox News Channel with a primetime broadcast featuring the top candidates, and an earlier undercard broadcast with the remaining field. This debate is not without controversy, however, as Donald Trump has decided to skip the debate due to what he claims is unfair treatment from Fox News and anchor Megyn Kelly. Trump has planned to hold a competing event airing on CNN at the same time as the primetime debate.

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Fox News Republican Debate

Live Stream: FoxNews.com
Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Primetime Debate
9pm ET (8pm CT, 7pm MT, 6pm PT)
Moderators: Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace
Candidates: Cruz, Rubio, Carson, Bush, Christie, Kasich, Paul

Donald Trump decided not to attend this debate and will instead hold a competing event in Iowa at the same time.

Undercard Debate
7pm ET (6pm CT, 5pm MT, 4pm PT)
Moderators: Martha MacCallum and Bill Hemmer
Candidates: Fiorina, Huckabee, Santorum, Gilmore

Report from CNN:

Donald Trump is skipping Thursday’s GOP debate and going to war with the Fox News Channel.

Instead of attending the debate, “We’ll have an event here in Iowa, with potentially another network, to raise money for wounded warriors,” campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said. “And Fox will go from probably having 24 million viewers to about 2 million.”

The fracas escalated quickly on Tuesday, but was the culmination of months of tension between the GOP frontrunner and the Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

At the end of the day, Fox said Trump “is still welcome” at the debate “and will be treated fairly,” but the network also slammed Trump for “viciously” attacking Kelly and accused Lewandowski of threatening her.

In a statement, a Fox News spokesperson said Lewandowski told a Fox executive last Saturday that Kelly had a “rough couple of days after that last debate” and he “would hate to have her go through that again.”

Try finding analysis of what the rest of the field needs to do in this debate to get ahead in Iowa, you can’t find it. Trump is dominating the entire story line in this debate. Candidates like Ted Cruz are being forced to discuss their reaction to Trump skipping the debate which knocks him off his own message.

Cruz may be fending off challenges from Rubio and others since, from a strategic standpoint, it would better if Trump wins Iowa so Cruz is denied the victory. If a candidate like Rubio or Christie is going to have a shot moving forward, they can’t let the race come down to Cruz versus Trump exclusively. Trump may find some support from the other candidates while Ted Cruz will likely focus all his efforts in portraying Trump as disrespectful to Iowa voters for skipping the debate.

We’ll have the full debate video after it airs.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Sorry Fox News! No viewers for this shady debate… I’ll be watching CNN. Along with the rest of patriotic America.

  2. Turned on Fox News to watch the Five for sh*ts and giggles to see what they have to say about tonight. 51 minutes in and they have not said the word “Trump” once. Attn: Fox News, you’re butt-hurt is showing. The 30’s called, they want their depression back.

  3. People are idiots to vote for whiny, meglomaniac trump. He will bankrupt and destroy our country, just like he has will many of his buildings and businesses, and leave us all with a worse debt than Bush ever did. Cruz was born naturally in Canada so he is not even eligible to be President according to the founding fathers and the Constitution.

      • If his opponents really wanted to stop Obama, they would have filed a legal case. There has been one case filed against Cruz already. The way the law works is that things go ahead until someone objects–someone with legal standing, that is.

        If anyone, anywhere really wanted to stop Obama, one, single court case might have done it. As with everything else, petty politicians don’t really want anything to change. They just want to have a chance to complain, and to rile you up to give them more money.

  4. Why Bernie Sanders should NOT be the Democrat nominee:

    Sanders has grudgingly credited what he calls “the modest gains of the Affordable Care Act,” which seems like an exceedingly stingy assessment of a law that has already reduced the number of uninsured Americans by 20 million.

    The Dodd-Frank reforms of the financial industry may not have broken up the big banks, but they have, at the very least, deeply reduced systemic risk. The penalties for being too big to fail exceed the benefits, and, as a result, banks are actually breaking themselves up to avoid being large enough to be regulated as systemic risks.

    Evidence has shown that, at low levels, raising the minimum wage does little or nothing to kill jobs. At some point, though, the government could set a minimum wage too high for employers to be willing to pay it for certain jobs. Even liberal labor economists like Alan Krueger, who have supported more modest increases, have blanched at Sanders’s proposal for a $15 minimum wage.

    Sanders does bring some assets as a potential nominee — his rumpled style connotes authenticity, and his populist forays against Wall Street have appeal beyond the Democratic base. But his self-identification as a socialist poses an enormous obstacle, as Americans respond to “socialism” with overwhelming negativity.

    His support for higher taxes on the middle class — while substantively sensible — also saddles him with a highly unpopular stance.

    He also has difficulty addressing issues outside his economic populism wheelhouse. In his opening statement at the debate the day after the Paris attacks, Sanders briefly and vaguely gestured toward the attacks before quickly turning back to his economic themes.

    Sanders has promised to replace Obamacare with a single-payer plan, without having any remotely plausible prospects for doing so. Many advocates of single-payer imagine that only the power of insurance companies stands in their way, but the more imposing obstacles would be reassuring suspicious voters that the change in their insurance (from private to public) would not harm them and — more difficult still — raising the taxes to pay for it. Vermont had to abandon hopes of creating its own single-payer plan. If Vermont, one of the most liberal states in America, can’t summon the political willpower for single-payer, it is impossible to imagine the country as a whole doing it.

    What the next president won’t accomplish is to increase taxes, expand social programs, or do anything to reduce inequality, given the House Republicans’ fanatically pro-inequality positions across the board. The next Democratic presidential term will be mostly defensive, a bulwark against the enactment of the radical Ryan plan. What little progress liberals can expect will be concentrated in the non-Sanders realm.

    It seems bizarre for Democrats to risk losing the presidency by embracing a politically radical doctrine that stands zero chance of enactment even if they win.

    Hillary Clinton is our next President of the United States!

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