Nikki Haley, former U.N. Ambassador, and Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida, are the only two Republican candidates participating in the final GOP debate before the 2020 election.
Begin the 2024 nomination process on Monday.
Donald Trump, the previous president, is eligible to participate in the event. However, he has chosen to not attend and instead host a televised town hall meeting at the same time. Two potential candidates, Chris Christie and Vivek Ramaswamy, did not meet CNN’s requirements to be included in the debate after participating in the December debate.
Haley and DeSantis have another chance to showcase themselves as the leading alternatives to Trump on a national stage during the upcoming debate. With Trump currently leading in the polls, this is a key opportunity for them before the primary campaign intensifies.
The network confirmed that the qualifications were met by the deadline.
Will Trump attend the debate?
No. Instead of
Trump will attend a live town hall on Fox News, which will be broadcast at the same time as a separate event in Iowa. The Fox News town hall, moderated by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, will also take place in Iowa.
Last month, Trump
He eagerly anticipated engaging in a debate with President Biden, but didn’t dismiss the possibility of a primary debate with his final remaining Republican opponent in the race.
The most recent polls for 2024 regarding Desantis and Haley indicate.
Trump has a commanding lead in Iowa that has widened since September, according to the latest
Polling conducted by CBS News between December 2006 and September 2008.
In the state, 58% of potential GOP caucus voters indicated they would choose Trump, with 22% in favor of DeSantis and 13% supporting Haley.
DeSantis did not receive significant backing in his state between September and December. It is probable that he will need a successful performance in Iowa in order for his chances of being nominated to stay viable.
Haley is predicted to perform well in New Hampshire compared to Trump. Her chances could improve if Christie withdraws before the primary on Jan. 23.