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Republicans Prepare For First Debate Of 2016

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and Ben Carson are the seven Republicans who will be taking the main debate stage tonight in North Charleston, South Carolina, for the 9 p.m. Eastern debate on Fox Business Network. The debate will also be live-streamed for free on

Rand Paul and Carly Fiorina were bumped to the earlier 6 p.m. Eastern undercard debate for lower-polling candidates; Rand Paul has declined to participate, so Fiorina will join Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee.

Here & Now’s political analyst and GOP strategist Paris Dennard previews the upcoming debate with host Jeremy Hobson.


  • Paris Dennard, Here & Now political analyst and Republican strategist who led outreach to the African-American community for George W. Bush’s administration. He tweets @PARISDENNARD.
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