The 2016 Republican presidential primary contest may feature sixteen or more candidates. Fox News and CNN recently announced the criteria that will be used to select the candidates that will be included in, and, in Fox News' case, excluded from, the first two GOP presidential primary debates.
By Barry Donegan - May 21, 2015 13
In light of the fact that, according to Ballot Access News, the Republican National Committee decided not to establish rules for inclusion in the 2016 GOP presidential primary debates, the networks hosting the debates will each set their own criteria for candidates. The Washington Post is reporting that Fox News and CNN have announced the qualifications for their first debates. Considering the fact that there are 16 or more Republican candidates flirting with a bid at the White House, news networks have been struggling to come up with a way to fit all of the top contenders on one stage.
Fox News announced that it will include the top 10 candidates based on their averages in the five most recent national polls, calculated at 5 PM EST on August 4, leading up to its first debate on August 5 in Cleveland. The debate will be hosted by Megyn Kelly, Brett Baier, and Chris Wallace and will be co-presented by Facebook.