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DONALD Trump is the front-runner Republican candidate for the 2024 presidential election.
Now, Americans want to know why the former US president will not attend the fourth Republican primary debate.
Why isn’t Donald Trump at the fourth Republican primary debate for the 2024 presidential election?
Donald Trump will not attend the fourth Republican primary debate for the 2024 presidential election.
The 45th president was also absent from the first three debates, “citing his commanding lead in early state and national polls,” per PBS.
The outlet continues: “A senior Trump aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity to address the decision, cited waning interest in the debates given Trump’s dominant front-runner status.”
As the publication also reported, Trump be holding a closed-door fundraiser in Hallandale Beach, Florida instead of attending the fourth debate.
PBS states: “Trump has said he’s forgoing the primary debates because he does not want to elevate his lower-polling opponents by being onstage with them.”
According to the outlet, he and his campaign have also said that the Republican National Committee (RNC) should cancel the rest of the debates and instead focus on supporting him against President Joe Biden.
As NPR reported, Trump announced his 2024 presidential campaign on Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at his Mar-a-Lago club and home in Palm Beach, Florida.
Who will be attending the fourth Republican primary debate?
Per USA Today, the RNC announced on Monday, December 4, 2023, that the fourth Republican primary debate will feature four candidates, including:
According to PBS, to qualify for the fourth debate, candidates had to have “at least 6 percent support in two national polls or 6 percent in one national poll as well as two polls from four of the early-voting states — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.”
Every poll used for qualification had to be approved by the RNC.
In addition, candidates had to have “at least 80,000 unique donors, with at least 200 of those coming from 20 states or territories.”
They also “had to sign an RNC pledge promising to support the party’s eventual nominee.”
Per PBS, Trump said he would not sign the “Beat Biden” pledge to support any Republican nominee, even if it is not him.
When is the fourth Republican primary debate?
The fourth Republican primary debate will take place on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at the Moody Music Hall at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
According to ABC News, it will air on NewsNation, “a relative newcomer in the 24-hour cable news landscape,” at 8 p.m. EST.
The debate “will also be broadcast in the Eastern and Central time zones on the company’s broadcast television network, The CW.”
It will be live-streamed on NewsNation’s website and on Rumble, per the outlet.
The moderators include:
- Elizabeth Vargas — Anchor of NewsNation’s Elizabeth Vargas Reports
- Megyn Kelly — Former Fox News and NBC News anchor who now hosts Sirius XM’s The Megyn Kelly Show
- Eliana Johnson — Editor-in-chief of The Washington Free Beacon