How to watch the next Republican presidential debate

As the Republican Party continues its hunt for its 2024 presidential nominee, it looks increasingly like only Nikki Haley or Ron DeSandis have even an outside chance of ousting Donald Trump.

The former president remains a clear frontrunner in nearly all polls despite a myriad of legal problems, any of which could yet derail his hopes of a return to the White House.

As it stands, he has been struck off the primary ballots in Colorado and Maine after those states ruled him ineligible under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, which bars anyone found to have violated their oath of office. in revolt from standing again.

Mr. Trump has vowed to appeal those decisions, but it could still be up to the conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether such a step is valid and can be applied to a former commander-in-chief, even one whose reign ended with the dishonor of the Capitol Hill Rebellion of January 6, 2021.

But the former president is nothing if not unconventional, and so far none of the controversy surrounding him seems to have deterred the majority of American conservatives from supporting him.

They also seem unfazed by his general refusal to participate in the party's televised debates with his fellow candidates, accepting his insistence that he has nothing to gain and much to lose by allowing his opponents a free shot at his record as simple good sense.

The next GOP debate — for which only Mr. Trump, Ms. Haley and Mr. De Sandis have qualified — takes place at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, at 9:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, January 10, with hosted by CNN with anchors Jake Tapper and Dana Bash serving as moderators.

That's just five days before the Iowa caucuses, offering one last chance for candidates to impress voters before the GOP primary race begins in earnest.

However, Mr Trump will again be conspicuous by his absence, preferring to simultaneously participate in a Fox News town hall of his own, anchored by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.

That means the broadcast will essentially amount to a showdown between the former South Carolina governor and UN ambassador and the current Florida governor, presenting both with a clear opportunity to establish themselves as the best alternative to the front-runner and may brings knockouts to the competition.

Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis on the debate stage

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Those who lost – namely businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson – did so because they failed to meet the minimum requirement of securing at least 10 percent of the vote in three separate polls, leaving them they face difficult decisions about whether to continue their candidacies without the necessary support to face a serious challenge.

Mr. Ramaswamy, who has already suspended television ads in Iowa, rushed out before news of his failure and claimed he was rejecting the contest for his own reasons, announcing that he would be participating in his own show “live audience Instead, it is hosted by online media personality Tim Pool.

You can watch the official debate live on CNN and Mr. Trump's town hall on Fox.

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