RNC sets first GOP primary debate for August 23

Washington – The Republican National Committee has scheduled the first debate of the presidential primary season for Aug. 23 in Milwaukee, Wis., and could add another session the next day if enough candidates qualify, the RNC said Friday.

The committee also established the criteria required for applicants to participate. Candidates must have at least 1% in three national polls, or 1% in two national polls and a first state poll recognized by the RNC. They must also have a minimum of 40,000 unique donors, including at least 200 unique donors in 20 individual states or territories.

“I am thrilled to announce the criteria for our first presidential primary debate in Milwaukee on August 23,” RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said in a statement. “The RNC is committed to a fair, neutral and transparent primary process and the qualification criteria set out will place our party and our eventual nominee in the best position to take over the White House in November 2024.”

Candidates will also be required to sign a pledge not to participate in debates not sanctioned by the RNC and pledge to support the party’s eventual presidential candidate.

THE The GOP field is growing, with former Vice President Mike Pence and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie officially set to enter the race next week. They will join former President Donald Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and four other candidates who have already launched their candidacy.

The RNC had previously announced that the first debate would take place in August, but had not yet confirmed a date.

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