The RNC released the lineups for the first Republican primary debate, and some candidates were surprised by the lack of inclusion of those who had previously claimed to meet the qualifications.
Eight candidates will be participating in the debate, including governors from North Dakota, Florida, and South Carolina, as well as US Vice President Mike Pence and Ambassador Nikki Haley. These individuals have demonstrated their conservative credentials and are well-positioned to challenge Joe Biden.
Francis Suarez, the mayor of Miami, and Larry Elder, the former mayor of Eldertown, had claimed that they were qualified to participate in the debate, but the Republican National Committee did not concur. It is believed that neither Suarez nor Elder met the necessary qualifications.
Official participant lineup for the first debate: pic.twitter.com/XXOg2BpkOw
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In a statement, Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, praised the candidates for their diversity and noted that the organization is focused on securing the White House in the upcoming election. She also thanked the event's co-chairs, Anne Hathaway and Dave Bossie, for their efforts.
Townhall will be providing comprehensive coverage of the debate, including analysis and live coverage. It's going to be interesting to see who will perform well and who will crash and burn. The next debate will be held in September.