Thirteen Republicans have announced their candidacy for president, according to Politico. The Republican National Committee is maintaining a requirement for candidates to pledge support for the party’s eventual nominee in order to participate in its primary debates, according to the Washington Examiner. Former President Donald Trump — by far the front-runner in the Republican primary — hasn’t committed to participating in the event. “I’m leading by 40 points. A lot of people say, ‘Why would you do a debate when you have people at two and three and fifteen and fourteen?'” Trump said of the prospect in an April radio show appearance, according to the New York Post. Trump hasn’t ruled out appearing at the debate, either. Baier interviewed Trump in a conversation aired on Fox Monday night. The longtime Fox journalist questioned Trump’s handling of classified material — a matter that the Department of Justice intends to prosecute as a felony crime. Real Clear Politics aggregate. Two Republican debates are scheduled as of June, according to Ballotpedia. The Democratic Party has declined to schedule any debate events in which challengers will square off against President Joe Biden. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
New this morning: Fox News will host the first Republican presidential debate on August 23 at Fiserv Forum. Moderators will be Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum. pic.twitter.com/IglzXb9y31— Jason Calvi (@JasonCalvi) June 20, 2023