Fox News announces prime-time GOP debate participants

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UPDATE – Fox News named the Republican presidential candidates who will participate in the first prime-time GOP debate of the primary season on Thursday: Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, John Kasich. The seven remaining candidates — Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, Jim Gilmore — will take part in a debate earlier Thursday evening. Fox averaged the five most-recent polls that conform to their methodology to determine the top 10 candidates who will appear at the event.


HOUSTON, TX - It`s debate season! Already? And who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned, guns a blazin', Republican debate! Fox News is only inviting the top 10 Republican candidates to stand their ground. Ranking them from the highest average poll rating from the last five national voter polls.

Former Texas governor Rick Perry and six other presidential hopefuls might not make the cut or come close, for that matter. Donald Trump leads the pack, and Scott Walker is in, probably. Jeb Bush has slipped from 22% to 14% in just a month., but he`s also probably in.

Also joining the debate at this time are Rand Paul, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and John Kasich. Talk about an entertaining night. At least, no phones will be hurt in the process.