Report: Miami slated to host third Republican primary debate

by | Sep 15, 2023

  • Miami is set to host the third Republican National Debate in early November, following previous debates in Milwaukee and the upcoming one at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
  • The specific participation criteria have not been determined yet, but candidates like Donald Trump, Gov. Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, Nikki Haley, and Mike Pence are expected to make the cut.
  • Trump’s participation remains uncertain, while DeSantis could benefit from the debate being held in his home state. The debate is expected to cover national topics such as the economy, foreign policy, and social issues, with potential discussions about the impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.
  • A Fox News poll after the first Republican primary debate showed Trump leading with 60 percent support among Republican primary voters, with DeSantis at 13 percent, Ramaswamy at 11 percent, and other candidates at lower percentages.

    Miami has reportedly been designated as the location for the third Republican National Debate, scheduled for early November. The announcement follows the previous GOP debate held in Milwaukee and the forthcoming debate set to take place at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library later this month in California.

    The Republican National Committee has yet to determine the specific qualifying criteria for participation in the debate, though Floridian candidates and party frontrunners Donald Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis will assuredly make the cut, likely to be joined by fellow contenders Vivek Ramaswamy, Nikki Haley, and Mike Pence.

    Trump’s participation in the debate remains uncertain following his decision to not appear in Milwaukee. An attempt to contact his campaign for clarification on the matter was not immediately answered. DeSantis, meanwhile, stands to gain an advantage in having the debate take place in his home state.

    The Miami debate, which was first reported by CNN, is expected to cover various national topics such as the economy, foreign policy, and social issues. With the Republican-controlled House of Representatives launching an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden this week, any developments within the probe are likely to be points of discussion during future debates.

    In a Fox News poll conducted following the first Republican primary debate, Trump further increased his lead in the race, garnering the support of 60 percent of Republican primary voters, up from 53 percent in the previous survey. DeSantis, meanwhile, has seen a decline in support, dropping to 13 percent, while Ramaswamy closely trails at 11 percent.

    Haley stands at 5 percent, with Pence and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott at 3 percent each. Trump’s gains were found to come from various demographics, including women, voters under 45, White evangelicals, and White men without a college degree.

    Moreover, 65 percent of GOP primary voters said they would ‘definitely support’ Trump. Ramaswamy and Haley are the only candidates, besides Trump, who has seen an increase in the percentage of voters saying they will definitely support them.

    The poll also indicates that support for Trump is so strong that any growth among his rivals tends to provoke a backlash among Trump loyalists, making it increasingly challenging for other candidates to secure a winning pathway in the primary race.


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