New details released in first Republican presidential debate in Cleveland

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FOX News Channel released new information Wednesday on the first Republican presidential debate of the 2016 election, which will be held in Cleveland.

As we first reported last week, the debate will be held Aug. 6 at Quicken Loans Arena. It will be held from 9-11 p.m. ET.

FOX News Channel and Facebook have joined together to present the first debate, with anchors Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace moderating.

FOX News announced the following criteria to enter the debate:

  • Must meet all U.S. Constitutional requirements; and
  • Must announce and register a formal campaign for president; and
  • Must file all necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC); and
  • Must have paid all necessary federal and state filing fees; and
  • Must place in the top 10 of an average of the five most recent national polls, as recognized by FOX News leading up to August 4that 5 PM/ET. Such polling must be conducted by major, nationally recognized organizations that use standard methodological techniques.

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus issued the following statement in response to the above criteria:

“We support and respect the decision Fox has made which will match the greatest number of candidates we have ever had on a debate stage.”

Additional coverage and air time will be provided on Aug. 6 to those candidates who do not place in the top 10.

According to FOX News, the debate will feature Facebook information showing how the issues of the day are resonating with people on today’s largest platform for political conversation.

Viewers and Facebook users will also be able to ask questions through Facebook. Some will be used to help form questions for the candidates and broadcast during the debate.

Matt Borges, Chairman of the Ohio GOP said, “We are thrilled to host the first debate in Ohio.  The road to the GOP nomination begins in Ohio this August and culminates with the Republican National Convention almost a year later.  A Republican can’t win the White House without carrying our state, so there’s no better place to host the first primary debate.”

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