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Everything You Need to Know About the Second GOP Debate

Meet the Contenders and Uncover the Intriguing Dynamics of the Second GOP Debate

The second GOP debate is just around the corner, and political enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting another showdown among the Republican presidential candidates. In this comprehensive guide, we'll cover all the essential details about the upcoming second GOP debate, including who will be on the stage, how to watch it, and what to expect from the candidates.

Date and Location

The second GOP debate is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at 9 p.m. ET. The venue for this significant political event is the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. This historic location has hosted numerous Republican debates over the years.

Participating Candidates

While the final list of participants is yet to be confirmed, six prominent Republican contenders are expected to grace the debate stage. These candidates include:

  • Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL)
  • Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)
  • Former Vice President Mike Pence
  • Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
  • Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
  • Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy
  • Doug Burgum

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum appears to have secured a spot in the upcoming second GOP primary debate, thanks to a surge in recent polling support. While awaiting confirmation from the Republican National Committee, the new polls seem to meet the criteria set by the RNC, including reaching 3% in two national polls or 3% in one national poll and 3% in two additional polls from early nominating states. This development comes just days before the qualification deadline.

Burgum, a favorite of Hotep Jesus from the previous debate, had previously met the requirement of 50,000 unique donors and signed the party pledge, making his inclusion in the discussion increasingly likely. Stay tuned for the final list of qualified participants to be released by the party before the event.

Notably, former President Donald Trump has qualified for the debate but has announced that he will not be attending.

Qualification Requirements

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has set specific criteria for candidates to qualify for the second GOP debate. To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Achieve a minimum of 3% support in national polls.
  • Garner a minimum of 50,000 individual donors for their campaign.
  • Sign a loyalty pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee.

Candidates must meet these requirements by September 25, 2023, 48 hours before the debate.

Debate Hosts and Broadcast Information

The second GOP debate will be moderated by Fox Business Network and Univision. You can catch the live broadcast on Fox Business and Univision at 9 p.m. ET on September 27, 2023. Additionally, the debate will be exclusively live-streamed on Rumble.

The moderators for the debate are Stuart Varney and Dana Perino from Fox Business and Ilia Calderon from Univision.

Key Candidates to Watch

During the first GOP debate, several candidates stood out with their performances. Notably, Governor Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy received high praise from viewers. Mike Pence is also expected to draw significant attention.

According to polling data, DeSantis had the highest approval rating among GOP voters after the first debate, with 29% believing he won. Haley received a boost from swing voters, indicating her potential to appeal to a broader audience. However, it's essential to note that all six candidates are currently trailing significantly behind former President Donald Trump in the polls.

The Third GOP Debate

Looking ahead, the Republican National Committee will host the third GOP primary debate on November 8, 2023, in Miami. The qualification criteria for this debate include having a minimum of 70,000 individual donors and reaching 4% support in national and statewide polls.


The second GOP debate promises to be a pivotal moment in the Republican primary race. With top contenders vying for the nomination and crucial issues at stake, political enthusiasts have much to look forward to. Stay tuned on September 27th to witness the candidates as they share their views and compete for your support in this important event.

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