'They're the Story, Not Us': Neil & Maria on What to Expect at the FBN Debates
They joined the "The Five" from the Milwaukee Theatre to discuss their strategy and preparations for the big night.
Cavuto and Bartiromo agreed that the goal is to focus on serious questions so that voters can actually get some answers on the candidates' differences.
"We're not the story. They are," said Cavuto, adding that he senses an excitement about the Republican race right now.
He said a lot of people are coming up to him with suggestions on what to ask, even a building security guard.
"[He said] don't forget to get to the bottom of what's going on with ISIS."
Bartiromo said the moderators will allow the candidates to go at each other, but only when it's related to issues that will be helpful to voters.
She said that more time will be given to comparing the candidates' different tax plans and strategies for job creation.
This time around, there will be eight candidates on the stage in the 9:00p ET primetime debate, rather than 10.
Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee will debate earlier in the night at 7:00 ET, alongside Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum.
Cavuto said one could argue that Christie or Huckabee could benefit by getting more time to speak on the less crowded stage.
But he noted that ultimately, it'll be up to the candidates to capitalize on the time that they're given.
"It's not up to us to pigeonhole where they are or make any snide comments. Let people who are watching at home snidely conclude where they stand," joked Cavuto.
Watch the discussion above, and tune in to Fox Business Network tonight at 7:00 ET for the undercard debate and at 9:00 ET for the primetime debate.