Republican National Committee (RNC) chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced the four participants in the upcoming fourth Republican primary debate in Tuscaloosa on Wednesday.
The debate participants are former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Vivek Ramaswamy.
Donald Trump will again be absent from the debate stage. The former president hasn't attended any of the debates during the 2024 cycle and has significant leads in most of the contest polling.
Trump will instead attend a fundraiser on Wednesday for his super PAC, MAGA Inc., in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
"The fourth debate is another fantastic opportunity for our Republican candidates to share our winning agenda with the American people. President Reagan was the first sitting president to visit the University of Alabama nearly 40 years ago, just before cruising to a landslide victory in 1984, and I'm thrilled to return our conservative message to Tuscaloosa on Wednesday night," McDaniel said.
According to Axios, the fourth debate at the University of Alabama's Moody Music Building has the strictest candidate qualification requirements yet, including 80,000 donors and 6% support or more in two national polls, or 6% in one national poll and one poll from an early primary state. The debate airs at 7 p.m. CT and will be available on all NewsNation platforms.
Megyn Kelly, Elizabeth Vargas and Eliana Johnson will be debate moderators. The 2024 Republican and Democrat primaries are scheduled for March 5 in Alabama.
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