|2012 Republican candidates - Politico|
Marco Rubio, senator from Florida
Rand Paul, senator from Kentucky
Ted Cruz, senator from Texas
Ben Carson, retired neurosurgeon
Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard
Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas
Rick Santorum, former senator from Pennsylvania
George Pataki, former governor of New York
It's obvious there will be more candidates to add to this list later. We are vastly approaching the second phase of the campaign season where most candidacies are officially declared for the party nominations as the first phase that focuses on preparation fades away. There are going to be eleven Republican debates during the nomination race in order to avoid the chaotic amount of debates last time. Fox News has decided that the top ten candidates with the best poll numbers will debate.
Every candidate will be interested in participating in the first debate in Ohio, but none more so than the governor of the state, John Kasich, who is floating his own presidential run. If he becomes a candidate for the GOP nomination, he might have to deal with the real possibility of not being invited to a televised debate in his own state because his national poll numbers would be so low. For whoever is left out of the debate, Fox News host Greta Van Susteren will invite those candidates to her show in order to get some attention from viewers. Some other candidates that are in danger of not being able to debate are Fiorina and potential candidates Bobby Jindal and Lindsey Graham.
Fox News and CNN both have solutions for their debates. Fox News is using an average from the five most recent polls that are from "major, nationally recognized organizations that use standard methodological techniques" in order to decide who will debate. CNN did it a bit differently, since they will hold two debates at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in September. The ten candidates with the best national poll numbers will face off in one debate, while all the other candidates with poll numbers of 1 percent or higher (who do not have the high numbers for the first debate) will participate in another.
Fox News and CNN will be the hosts for most debates in the Republican primaries. Fox News will host three debates and another will be hosted by the Fox Business Network right here in Wisconsin. CNN will also host three. Other news networks like ABC and NBC will have to find their own solutions to dealing with the number of Republican candidates depending on how many will still be standing once their debates roll around. Overall, it's shaping up to be a very exciting year in presidential history.