Fox Business to Host Extra GOP Debate

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Another Republican debate on Fox Business set for Jan. 14.

The event, which marks the sixth of 11 planned GOP debates, will take place at North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center, with moderators and entry criteria to be announced. The Republican presidential field will gather for another debate on Jan. 14, two days after the president’s State of the Union address, Fox Business News announced on Tuesday.Republican National Committee Chaiman Reince Priebus was apparently so pleased with the Fox Business Network’s handling of the November 10 televised debate that he is giving the network an additional debate, taking place Janunary 14.

The debate, to be held in North Charleston, S.C., will come between two previously scheduled debates: on Dec. 15 (hosted by CNN in Las Vegas), and Jan. 28 (Fox News in Iowa). Priebus—who has absorbed criticism and coped with an incipient revolt from various Republican presidential campaigns unhappy with the way he organized the 10 debates on the primary schedule, mandated the polling criteria, and negotiated the formats with the sponsoring broadcast and cable networks—added the eleventh debate on Tuesday. The additional debate, which has been sanctioned by the Republican National Committee, will give GOP hopefuls yet another chance to meet on stage before primary voting begins in February. Fox Business Network is slated to host the debate, marking the second time this election cycle the network has teamed up with the RNC for a primary season debate.

The earlier FBN debate, a relatively civil affair which focused on economic policy, drew none of the brickbats from party loyalists and the press that were aimed at the inaugural August 6 debate sponsored by its sister outlet, the Fox News Channel—nor the near-universal condemnation that greeted the Oct. 28 debate sponsored by rival CNBC business channel. Further details about the moderators and debate criteria are expected to be released closer to the debate. “Typical – this is typical of the RNC,” Carson’s communications director Doug Watts told the Washington Examiner, from whom he first learned of the added debate. “They said nothing to the campaigns.

Headquartered in New York, FBN launched in October 2007 and is available in more than 80 million homes in major markets across the United States and on FOXBusiness.com. Watts later noted the RNC reached out to senior adviser Ed Brookover only an hour prior to FBN’s announcement. “When they reduced the number of debates at the time, the thought was there would be an establishment leader.

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