GOP debate preview: The next showdown between the 2016 Republican presidential candidates will take place on Wednesday.
It airs on CNBC at 8 p.m. ET, live from Boulder, Colo.
This marks the third GOP debate of 2016. Its format was actually changed after several candidates complained the last few weeks. Now it is structured as a two-hour debate, including commercials, plus:
- a 30-second closing statement for each candidate; and
- a single, open-ended question at the beginning of the debate that each candidate will have the opportunity to answer.
The new criteria satisfy several of the campaigners' demands for opening and closing statements, as well a 120-minute cap on the debate time (including commercials).
Just like the first and second GOP debates, hosted by FOX News and CNN, respectively, this third round features both "undercard" and "prime time" events.
Here are the candidates, when to watch, and the most notorious (and personal) rhetoric missiles launched thus far…
GOP Debate Preview: The Undercard Candidates
- Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-PA
- Former New York Gov. George Pataki
- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
- U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC
GOP Debate Preview: The Main Debate Candidates
- Donald Trump
- Ben Carson
- Carly Fiorina
- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
- Ohio Gov. John Kasich
- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX
- U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-KY
- U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL
GOP Debate Preview: The Poll Data and the Carson Phenomenon
According to a Monmouth University poll released today (Monday), Carson is leading Trump 32% to 18% among likely Republican Iowa voters. In an August Monmouth poll, the two men were tied at 23%, reported CNN.
Behind Carson and Trump, here's how the other candidates shook out in the poll…
- Ted Cruz, 10%
- Marco Rubio, 8%
- Jeb Bush, 5%
- Carly Fiorina, 3%
- Rand Paul, 2%
- Mike Huckabee, 2%
- Bobby Jindal, 2%
- John Kasich, 2%
- Chris Christie, <1%
- Lindsey Graham, <1%
- George Pataki, <1%
A Bloomberg poll released on Friday first reported Carson surging ahead. On the news, Trump took a proactive approach to the media ahead of Wednesday's debate, reported CNN earlier today. He spent the weekend working the media to bolster attention and excitement over his campaign.
GOP Debate Preview: This Weekend's Media Firestorm
GOP Debate Preview Feisty Media Moment No. 1: Presidential hopeful Marco Rubio slammed rival Donald Trump on CNN's "State of the Union" by calling the real estate mogul an unfit commander-in-chief. "To this point in the campaign, he has not proven an understanding of these issues or the preparation necessary to be the commander-in-chief of the most powerful military force in the world," Rubio said on Sunday.
GOP Debate Preview Feisty Media Moment No. 2: Donald Trump also appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" and used the experience as a time to take aim at Dr. Ben Carson. "He can't do with a lot of things like I do, so we'll just have to see what happens," Trump said of Carson. Trump also alluded to Carson's religious beliefs, saying he didn't know what Seventh Day Adventists were "all about." Some saw this statement at as a dig at Carson's non-traditional, albeit still conservative, religious beliefs.
GOP Debate Preview Feisty Media Moment No. 3: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also had some choice words to share on CNN's "Face the Nation" on Sunday, particularly taking aim at Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton. "She has no accountability and no transparency to what is going on," Christie argued. "Everything has had to be dragged out of her. And I don't think they did an effective job in getting at that. But here is the thing. Come next September, when I'm on the stage with her in the debates, she will have a former federal prosecutor asking her these questions."
GOP Debate Preview Feisty Media Moment No. 4: Dr. Ben Carson said he would "love" to see Roe vs. Wade overturned on CNBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. He went on to explain that he would like to make abortion illegal nationwide. Carson is infamous for his softly spoken controversial statements. This past weekend's appearance contained nothing less. The Republican candidate said that, while he opposes abortions for unwanted pregnancies and in cases of rape and incest, he might be open to allowing abortions to preserve the life and health of the mother.
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