The first GOP presidential primary debate is 22 days away, and seven of the candidates seeking the GOP nomination for the White House have met the required polling and fundraising criteria to earn a spot on stage.
In June, the Republican National Committee (RNC) released the polling and fundraising criteria that GOP presidential candidates must reach to ‘make the stage’ at the first primary debate.
Fox News will host the debate on Aug. 23 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at 9 pm EST.
On Tuesday, Presidential Candidate Rollan Roberts II invited Republican Presidential Candidates to join an alternative debate, “The Peoples Presidential Debate.”
“Our voices are not to be silenced by an established cabal that seeks to limit new ideas. Rather, it is the American way to debate our ideas respectfully and constructively in the best interest of the United States of America,” said Roberts.
According to the Roberts ‘ camp, this alternative debate will be broadcast on live TV and streamed across many networks.
The moderator will be journalist Kelly Wright, former Fox News co-anchor and Fox & Friends co-host.
Wright has interviewed the former GOP President one-on-one and is known for his professionalism. It has also been arranged for each candidate that accepts this invitation to be on a special edition of his show, “America’s Hope.”
According to Roberts, “The RNC has set forth several elements for appearing on the joint RNC/Fox News debate stage, August 23, 2023. Some of the metrics they have set forth to debate, my fellow candidates are either unable or unwilling to comply with, and for good reason.”
“Therefore, he (Roberts) is humbly inviting them to share the platform on “The People’s Debate Stage,” on August 23, 2023, in Tallahassee, FL at 9 pm (est), hosted by Epoch Times NTD TV,” said the Roberts’ camp.
Invited candidates include:
- Rollan Roberts
- Will Hurd
- Larry Elder
- Doug Burgum
- Francis Suarez
- Asa Hutchinson
- Steve Laffey
- Mike Pence
- Perry Johnson
- Corey Stapleton
- Ryan Binkley
Presidential Candidate Steve Laffey penned an opinion piece in June saying in part, “The RNC is at it again, trying to quickly narrow the field in order to try to find somebody who can defeat former President Trump. Instead, they should be doing the will of the people and inviting legitimate candidates like me to show the American people that we Republicans understand that our nation must confront our problems.”
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