The two Republican Debates will be held tonight, coming to you from Charleston, SC. I cannot BELIEVE we are out of town for this, but we will be watching it nonetheless. We plan on having plenty of pizza and popcorn (it will be dinner time in Las Vegas) while it is on. Okay, and probably some chocolate, too, but hey – it is HEALTH food, people!
That said, I am pretty sure we are going to be busy when the Democratic Debate, also held in Charleston, comes on January 17th via NBC. Curiously, YouTube will be streaming the Democratic Debate as well, but as far as I could tell, not the Republican Debate. I am sure there is nothing to be read into THAT at all. Ahem.
This debate will be held on the Fox Business Network, with the “Undercard” debate from 6:00 – 8:00 pm (EST), and the main event from 9:00 – 11:00 pm (EST). Here is more on the debates:
Fox Business Network on Monday announced the candidate lineup for the Jan. 14 Republican presidential debates – and already one candidate has said he will not participate after not qualifying for the prime-time event.
The participants qualifying for the prime-time, 9 p.m. ET debate are:
Billionaire businessman Donald Trump; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
The participants qualifying for the earlier, 6 p.m. ET debate are:
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul; former HP CEO Carly Fiorina; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
However, the Paul campaign said Monday night it does not plan to participate.
Well, I have to be honest, I would SO rather have Fiorina in the top debate instead of Gov. Bush. Then again, it will just give her more of a chance to shine in that group, especially if Sen. Paul stays home. That would be fine with me since he annoys me. It also means that, despite what was previously thought, Gov. Kasich will be in the prime time debate. He annoys me, too, I have to say.
Here is more on Sen. Paul:
This is the first time Paul has not qualified for a prime-time debate and his campaign, within minutes of the announcement, issued a statement complaining about the criteria.
“By any reasonable criteria Senator Paul has a top tier campaign,” his campaign said. “He will not let the media decide the tiers of this race and will instead take his message directly to the voters of New Hampshire and Iowa.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Like I said, he annoys me. Like we need another petulant child in the White House…
Now that the numbers are going down in terms of candidates, it means there will be a bit more time for everyone to talk – including The Donald. Because we don’t see him enough on the tee-vee these days. Sigh. But it should be interesting to hear more fully what all of these candidates think about these important issues of the day. Heaven knows, there are some mighty important topics to be addressed by the candidates, from economics to National Security, and a whole bunch in between.
As always, I will be interested in hearing what you have to say about the Debates, who you thought won, who should be the next one(s) to drop out, how the moderators did, all of that.
This is an Open Thread, though, so feel free to talk about anything that is on your minds. I’ll try to get a post up for the Weekend, and will be back home on Tuesday, so more then.
Your turn now!