The Republican National Committee (RNC) has announced that Fox Business will host the second GOP primary debate on Sep. 27 in Simi Valley, California. This decision comes after the RNC’s recent partnership with streaming platform Rumble, Univision and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute for the second event, according to a press release.
Fox networks will now host the first two Republican presidential debates, with the first being on Aug. 23 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The RNC has also upped its donor and polling requirements for candidates to make the second debate stage at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, ensuring only the most conservative candidates will earn a spot.
The RNC’s strict stipulations for qualifying to participate are a step in the right direction for conservative values, requiring a pledge to support the eventual GOP nominee and not participate in other non-RNC sanctioned debates. Candidates must also meet a 50,000 unique donor threshold with at least 200 contributors coming from 20 states or territories, a 10,000 donor increase from the first GOP debate on Aug. 23 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The contenders must also be polling at or above 3% in two national polls, or 3% in one national and two key early primary state polls — Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina.
This rigorous vetting process is necessary to ensure only the most conservative of politicians participate in the debates, with the goal of electing the next President of the United States. The contenders must meet the criteria within 48 hours of the second debate, and the surveys have to meet the RNC’s standards, which include being conducted on or after Aug. 1, not being affiliated with any candidate’s campaign, and must survey a minimum of 800 likely Republican primary voters.
The line-up of impressive conservative candidates is awe-inspiring with former Vice President Mike Pence, former President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, conservative businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum all having met the RNC’s uncompromising eligibility criteria.
“FOX Business is proud to partner with Univision for the second Republican primary debate from the renowned Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to provide all Americans with an unparalleled opportunity to assess the candidates and their stances on critical issues ahead of the primary season,” Jay Wallace, President and Executive Editor of FOX News Media, said in a statement.
The conservative movement is on an upward trajectory, and the RNC’s partnership with Fox Business, Rumble, Univision, and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute is a strong indication of its unwavering commitment to advancing conservative values. We hope that more conservative organizations will follow suit and work together to make sure conservative candidates have the best chance of representing conservative values and policies in the 2024 presidential election.