Fox News announces GOP candidates to participate in first debate

Posted on August 4, 2015


by Bradley Matthews editing by Adam MS

Fox News’ Bret Baier, Chris Wallace and Megyn Kelly announced on Tuesday the 10 Republican presidential candidates who will participate in Thursday’s primary debate at 9 p.m. ET:

  1. Real estate mogul Donald Trump
  2. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
  3. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
  4. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
  5. Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson
  6. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas
  7. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida
  8. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky
  9. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
  10. Ohio Gov. John Kasich

The Fox News hosts also named those selected to participate in the earlier debate, which is scheduled to air at 5 p.m. ET Thursday:

  1. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry
  2. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum
  3. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
  4. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina
  5. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
  6. Former New York Gov. George Pataki
  7. Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore

The network relied on polls from Bloomberg, CBS, FOX News, Quinnipiac and Monmouth to determine who made the cut.