Nikki Haley commits to participating in CNN's Iowa debate
Driving the news: "The first four debates have been great for our campaign and for voters, and we look forward to the fifth in Iowa," Haley said in a statement.
- Haley also urged former President Trump, who has skipped the previous Republican primary debates, to participate.
- "As the debate stage continues to shrink, it's getting harder for Donald Trump to hide," Haley said.
The big picture: CNN plans to host two GOP primary debates next year before the first two nominating contests.
- The first debate is scheduled for Jan. 10 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa before the Jan. 15 Iowa caucuses.
- To qualify for the Iowa debate, candidates must poll at 10% or higher in three national or Iowa polls, with at least one poll of likely Iowa Republican caucusgoers.
- The second debate is scheduled for Jan. 21 in New Hampshire, days before the state's Jan. 23 primary.