Seven GOP Contenders Meet Criteria For First Debate 

Seven of the twenty-four candidates running for the Republican presidential nomination who have gained enough support from voters to participate in the Republican primary debate in August have been recognized.

CNN asserts that Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis, Srinivas Ramaswamy, Mike Pence, Nikki Haley, and Rick Scott have at least one percent of support in at least two national and two state polls, qualifying them for the debate.

Before the debate on August 23 in Milwaukee, the Republican National Committee (RNC) established the minimum polling support, financial conditions, and vow to support the ultimate nominee of the Republican Party.

Some candidates have surpassed the fundraising target of $600,000, which needs contributions from at least 40,000 individual donors and 200 contributors from 20 or more states. Some candidates have received donations from at least 40,000 individual donors to meet this goal. 

In contrast to Mike Pence, Doug Burgum, governor of North Dakota, has attained this milestone. Pence has not yet done so.

On Sunday’s episode of CNN’s State of the Union program, Vice President Pence stated there is still a long way to go before we reach our goals. He said, in this regard, an incredible amount of progress has been made.

Pence said we are in this together and will get through it.  He said he would get it done and would see everyone on the debate stage.

On the Milwaukee stage, qualifying candidates will have the opportunity to make up ground on Mr. Trump, who is currently in the lead in early polls; this will take place on Saturday.

Mr. Trump has not clearly answered his intentions for the trip to Wisconsin. He has expressed concern over the possibility of prejudice on the part of the moderators at Fox News and has questioned the necessity of facing harsh questioning, using his own experience as an example.

Notably, Mr. Christie has taken exception to Mr. Trump’s statements to the effect that he might not appear for the televised main event.

The previous month, Christie gave an interview stating they were all going and Trump should be on the stage. He said he owes it to the Republican Party voters to get on the scene, defend his record, and discuss his vision for the future.

Trump has said that he has such a lead; why would he even bother?