Eight Candidates Take Main Stage at Fox News Debate, Rand Paul Returns to Primetime

GOP Debate Stage
Washington, DC

Fox News’s Bret Baier announced the  candidates that will appear on the primetime debate stage on Thursday night in Iowa.

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, John Kasich and Rand Paul made the cut, according to the polling criteria set out by Fox News, to appear on the main stage at Fox News’s GOP primary debate on Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa.

The candidates who are invited to participate in the earlier debate are: Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and Jim Gilmore.

The first debate airs at 7 PM eastern, while the primetime debate takes place at 9 PM eastern.