Trump Scores Top Spot for First Presidential Debate in 2016 Race
- VOA News,August 5, 2015
Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has scored the top spot for Thursday night's first debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential race.
He will be joined by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and seven other Republican contenders who made the campaign's first cut.
Host Fox News announced the 10 GOP White House hopefuls who will take part in the prime-time debate in Cleveland, in the crucial swing state of Ohio. They were picked based on public opinion polls.
Beyond Trump, Bush and Walker, those selected were Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Ohio Governor John Kasich.
Those who didn't make the field for the first debate were former technology executive Carly Fiorina, the GOP's only female presidential candidate; former Texas Governor Rick Perry; Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal; South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham; former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum; former New York Governor George Pataki; and former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore.
Thursday's event will be the first of six party-sanctioned debates before primary voting begins in February.