NewsNation to host fourth Republican primary debate next month
NewsNation is hosting the fourth Republican primary debate next month in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the network announced Thursday.
Driving the news: The debate is scheduled for Dec. 6 and will feature three moderators, including former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.
- NewNation's Elizabeth Vargas and The Washington Free Beacon's Eliana Johnson will also moderate the December debate.
- "It will be the margarita of debates – spicy, fun and somewhat intoxicating. Looking forward to it," Kelly, who hosts "The Megyn Kelly Show" on SiriusXM, said in a statement.
Between the lines: NewsNation, which is owned by TV giant Nexstar, is seeking to create a 24-hour cable news network that doesn't have a political bent, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
The big picture: The Republican National Committee raised its qualification criteria for the fourth debate, which could narrow the field of candidates on stage.
- Candidates will need to receive 6% support in at least two national polls, or 6% in one national poll and one statewide poll in four early primary states, Reuters reports.
- Candidates will also need 80,000 unique donors, and at least 200 donors from each of 20 or more states and territories.
- "With less than a year out from Election Day 2024, the fourth debate stage will showcase our winning Republican agenda against Biden's record of failure," RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said.
Zoom in: Five GOP candidates qualified for the third Republican primary debate in Miami, Fla., a winnowing of the field from the first two.
- Republican primary frontrunner former President Trump has not attended any of the GOP debates, and has urged the RNC to cancel all remaining primary debates.
How to watch: The debate will air on NewsNation.
- It will also be live-streamed on NewsNation's website and on the video streaming service Rumble.