Help wanted: Who made the Wednesday Republican debate stage?


Seven Republican presidential candidates are included in the Wednesday night Republican National Committee presidential debate, candidates determined through polling and fundraising strength. Former President Donald Trump will again not attend. He is the candidate who is polling far and away as the most likely nominee.

The debate stage candidates are:

  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
  • Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy
  • Former Vice President Mike Pence
  • Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley
  • South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott
  • Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
  • North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum

Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson did not make the cut, after he failed to reach the threshold in polling.

DeSantis will have the center-stage podium, due to strength in polling and fundraising. Flanking DeSantis to his right and left will be Ramaswamy and Haley, who are in second and third place in many polls.

Candidates for this debate needed to show they have at least 50,000 unique donors, which includes more than 200 from 20 states or territories. For the first debate, the requirement was 40,000 unique donors.

The debate will take place at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., and will air on Fox Business Network at 9 p.m. Eastern, 5 p.m. Alaska Time.

The debate will be also be live-streamed exclusively on Rumble, which has brought out the long knives from competitors in online media and the mainstream media itself, which calls it a haven for disinformation and extremists:


  1. > long knives from competitors in online media and the mainstream media itself, which calls it a haven for disinformation and extremists

    How to know you are over the target and effective. Let them whine. As Augustine wrote, “The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.”

    Unlike lies which need constant attention to curate, but always are on a strict timeline before inevitable exposure. Our enemies think tech will level all barriers to their will, but they lack the heart and stomach for their maleficent task. Their time is coming to an end, as everything they touch turns to ash.

  2. Waste of time. Trump’s already got this. Besides, without Trump in the line-up, there’s no entertainment factor whatsoever. Go watch the 2016 Republican candidate debates again. 17 professional politicians …….and Trump. He blew all of them out of the water.

  3. So many people here are under the delusion Trump is gonna walk right in to the White House. And then puppies and unicorns will frolic across the land.

    Trump may win re-election, but it will be under a massive cloud. His legal challenges, legitimate or not, are real.
    The weight that will carry is heavy. The expense is heavier.

    1/2 of the country doesn’t like Trump enough to not vote for him. He has done nothing to change that.

    If he’s elected the left will stall everything, making it impossible for him to make actual political progress. Every executive order he signs will be washed away by the next president.

    If voters stay away and the left wins the House, Trump and everyone around him will be impeached and/or hounded out of public life.

    Who will serve with him you want in power? Quality people will stay away, having seen how he turns on everyone eventually. Political powers will stay away to preserve their viability in future elections. That will leave only the desperate and power hungry as a reliable pool of candidates.

    A Trump election will almost certainly lead to massive civil unrest in a nation ready to split at the seams.

    You sure it’s what you want?

    • “If he’s elected the Left will stall everything, making it impossible for …. political progress. ……every order washed away by the next (liberal) president”
      The Left will do this for any Republican elected, Trump or not. What else is new?

      Who did the “Left” like?
      Nixon? Reagan? (who America loved) Bush Sr? W? DJT? (maybe do nothing Ford I suppose)
      They hated all these men.
      Not voting for a conservative (or pretend conservative) because Liberals won’t “like” them is dumb.
      Sorry Masked, there is no other word for it really, just dumb.

      “You sure it’s what you want”?
      BRING IT ON MAN ….. it is what I want.
      Let these commies show themselves in the open light of day.
      They lost the blue collar, working vote many tears ago & are losing the Hispanic vote as I type.
      We should NEVER cave to the Left ….imo.
      We should BEAT them & save this country.

        • I did not say anything about weapons. do you always but words in other people mouths?
          And by the way, who has the weapons? The Left? (well I guess the criminal Left does)

      • I’m sorry the concept of cause and effect goes over your head. But you do you, boo.

        I do find it curious you never bothered -meaning we’re unable to – offer a cogent response to any of my points.

        THAT, sorry young man, is dumb. No other word for it. Or you if you really want these options.

    • Amazingly I agree with every word in the expressed opinion. Our conclusions may not be similar nor rationale for ever having him on the ballot to begin with, but America doesn’t deserve any less than what the best works to provide.

      We are not his chattels, unreimbursed victims, whipped puppies, nor do we owe him anything for trying to run for top civil servant and Commander-in- Chief.

  4. I shan’t watch. President Donald J. Trump must be returned to office to restore the 1776 republic and return liberty to America.

  5. Fauci was in the administrative layers for many decades and predated 45. President Trump paused international travel to China which made sense to do. Many of the pharms head of cottage and other covid industries are now “retired” so a new layer wants to implement the dystopia with no apparent Trump connection(s). . Not my area of expertise.

    • That’s a lazy dodge. Do you know Trump is now claiming he doesn’t know who awarded Fauci?

      I’ll give you a hint. His name is Trump.

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