The second Republican presidential primary debate will take place in Simi Valley, California at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Wednesday, September 27.
Once again, Republican Party candidates will face off on the debate stage, this time led by moderators Stuart Varney and Dana Perino of Fox News, and Ilia Calderón of Univision.
Even if some clearly stood out during the last debate, all the candidates seem to come in second place compared to the favorite Donald Trump, who will not participate in the second debate.
The fireworks are expected to take center stage once again, this time with just seven candidates exchanging harsh words as they battle for the 2024 presidential nomination.
Here’s everything you need to know about the second debate, including where to watch and how the qualifications have changed.
How can I watch the debate?
Viewers can tune in to Fox Business, Univision or Rumble from 9-11 p.m. ET on Wednesday, September 27 to watch the debate hosted at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.
FOX News will also simulcast the entire debate from 9-11 p.m. ET and FOX Nation will offer a live stream to the platform’s subscribers.
Univision digital viewers will be able to watch full coverage of the debate via UnivisionNoticias.com and Univision’s streaming platform, ViX, will also get live coverage on its 24/7 Noticas news channel .
In a press release from the Republican National Committee (RNC), Rumble would be the exclusive live streaming provider.
David Trulio, president and CEO of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, said: “President Reagan believed that the institution that bore his name should be a ‘dynamic intellectual forum’ where leaders would discuss future. We are excited to partner with the RNC to host the upcoming Republican presidential candidate debate at the Reagan Library.
Who qualified for the second debate?
Mr Trump qualified for the second debate, but said on his social media platform Truth Social that he would not attend the debate.
The other candidates are Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
What are the rules for qualifying?
The second time, the RNC raised the debate eligibility criteria.
To qualify, candidates must have scored at least 3 percent in two national polls or 3 percent in one national and two early-voting state polls – a person familiar with the set markers told The Associated Press by the RNC.
Candidates must also have 50,000 unique donors, including at least 200 from 20 different states or territories. This is an increase from the first debate qualifications.
Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is the only candidate who qualified for the first debate but not the second.