DETAILS: Fox News to Hold GOP Candidate Forum Before 1st Debate
Fox News Channel announced Wednesday that it will host a GOP candidate forum before the first Republican presidential debate on August 6.
“As we noted when we first announced the debate criteria, our intention has always been to provide coverage to the wide field of Republican candidates and we are glad to present these details today," said Fox News’ Executive Vice President of News Editorial Michael Clemente.
The 90-minute forum will be presented live from Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland at 1:00pm ET, with "America’s Newsroom" co-anchors Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum serving as the moderators.
At 9:00pm ET that same night, Fox News Channel and Facebook, in conjunction with the Ohio Republican Party, will present the first GOP primary debate.
It will be moderated by "Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace, "Special Report" anchor Bret Baier, and "The Kelly File" anchor Megyn Kelly.
The afternoon forum will present an opportunity for the Republican candidates who do not qualify for the primetime debate, which will be limited to 10 participants.
Fox News previously announced that the 10 participants in the primetime debate will be chosen based on an average of the five most recent national polls, as recognized by Fox News, leading up to August 4 at 5:00pm ET. Such polling must be conducted by major, nationally recognized organizations that use standard methodological techniques.
Read more from the press release, here.