The "undercard" debate featuring the following candidates– Lindsey Graham, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal & George Pataki–has wrapped up. Analyst on CNN & data from Google Trends reveals Lindsey Graham is the winner of the earlier debate.
The main debate, which starts at 8pm EST, will feature the remaining 11 candidates: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, John Kasich, Scott Walker, Rand Paul & Mike Huckabee.
Only 15 candidates, of the 16 candidates, will participate in the second GOP debate after former Texas Governor Rick Perry became the first candidate to end his White House bid. Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore did so poorly in the polls he did not qualify for either debate.
For those who want to catch the debate online, CNN will make the entire debate available for free at CNN.com.
The main event of tonight's debates are now beginning. Eleven candidates have joined the stage: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, John Kasich, Scott Walker, Rand Paul & Mike Huckabee.
Like the first debate, candidates have 1 minute to answer questions & 30 seconds for rebuttals & follow ups. If a candidate is called out, he or she will be given time to answer.
Information from Google Trends reveals interest in Graham spiked during the earlier debate.
Graham is being called the winner of this first minor debate by analyst on CNN.
The four candidates commence closing out the first debate tonight with the following question: "What's the one thing you offer that none of the candidates in the next debate has?"
The candidates discuss shutting down the government to defund Planned Parenthood. Unlike Jindal & Ted Cruz, Graham is against shutting the government down just to defund Planned Parenthood.
Next up is the Iran nuclear deal:
Graham says the deal is a mistake & could be dangerous to Israel. Discussed bombing Iran.
Pataki talks approximately rejecting the deal & giving Israel bombs called MOPs (Massive Ordnance Penetrator) to fight against Iran.
Santorum calls Iranians apocalyptic. "A nuclear Iran is the end," he says.
Despite not qualifying for either debate, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore has used his Twitter to answer the same questions being asked during this first debate.
On raising taxes: Pataki says he would do away completely with the tax code & rewrite it.
Pataki & Santorum obtain heated approximately religious freedom & the role of the Supreme Court. Santorum says he's in favour going against the Supreme Court when he does not agree with the law.
When asked approximately vigilance & discrimination in regards to Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old in Texas who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school, Jindal said Americans do not discriminate based on race. He & Graham bring up the case of Kim Davis, saying Christians are being discriminated against. Pataki says Davis should be fired for not doing her job.
Candidates now discussing the Syrian refugee crisis & the destruction Isis is waging in the Middle East. Graham discusses his support for troops on the ground. "We're gonna kill everyone one of these bastards we can find," he said.
In the debate on immigration between Santorum & Graham, Santorum appears to imply that Hispanics are not Americans. Graham's response: "In my world, Hispanics are Americans."
Up next: immigration & birthright citizenship.
Jindal reiterates that he is not for amnesty for the reported 11 million undocumented immigrants in the US.
Graham & Pataki are on opposite sides of the birthright citizenship issue. While Graham calls for an end of birthright citizenship, Pataki is for keeping it.
Former New York Governor George Pataki calls out CNN moderators for using their first four debate questions on Donald Trump. Pataki said, "Donald Trump is unfit to be President."
First question goes to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal approximately Donald Trump & breaking Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment. Jindal responds: We need to stop treating Donald Trump like a Republican.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum was then asked, "Is Jindal wrong for attacking his party's front-runner?" Santorum took a more moderate route, saying any attacks to fellow Republicans just assist Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The first four candidates are on stage to kick off the first debate. Candidates have 1 minute to answer questions. The four are now introduce themselves as they commence perhaps their biggest fight to stay in the race.
We're moments away from the first "undercard" debate with the last four candidates in the polls. So where exactly do these four candidates stand?
The latest CBS News/New York Times GOP poll revealed:
Lindsey Graham: less than 0.5%
Rick Santorum: 1%
Bobby Jindal: less than 0.5%
George Pataki: less than 0.5%
Another candidate, former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore, did not score high enough to qualify for the second CNN-hosted debate. Gilmore earned did not earn any support in the CBS/NYT poll.
The first "undercard" debate is scheduled to commence at 6pm EST (11pm BST). According to CNN, a poor performance for these candidates, who have polled low & were moreover part of the "happy hour" debate on 6 August, could signify the end of their White House ambitions.
Katie Packer Gage, deputy campaign manager for Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign, told CNN, "The JV debate is likely the last." She continued, "There will be so little attention to those folks that the networks won't continue it. So this is the last chance for the lesser known candidates to make a move."
The only female Republican candidate, Carly Fiorina, out shined her fellow candidates during the last debate, earning a spot in the main event for the second CNN-hosted debate.
The debates will be moderated by: Jake Tapper, Hugh Hewitt & Dana Bash.
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Source: “International Business Times”