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Republican debate preview: Candidates vie for attention amid crowded field




Dr. Ben Carson (L) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) (R) greet guests gathered for the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Dinner at the Iowa Events Center on May 16, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Dr. Ben Carson (L) and Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) (R) greet guests gathered for the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Dinner at the Iowa Events Center on May 16, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Republican presidential candidates will face off next week in a debate hosted by Fox News.

The debate is scheduled for August 6th in Cleveland starting at 6 PM PT. Fox News will limit the opening debate to the top 10 contenders leading in the most recent national polls.

There will be a second debate at 2 PM PT with the remaining six candidates, reflecting a last-minute rule change by Fox that has allowed all nationally polled candidates a chance to participate.

With Republican candidates ranging from Jeb Bush to Donald Trump, is this the best way to determine which candidates debate?

What are candidates doing to rank high in the polls? Is this debate beneficial for American voters? We’ll discuss these issues with a panel of political analysts as well as what they expect will be the talking points at next week’s debate.

Guests:

Arnold Steinberg, political strategist and analyst, he’s a court-recognized expert witness who has testified on public opinion and attitudinal formation, demographics and voting patterns

Luis Alvarado, Republican political consultant and analyst for CNN Español and Telemundo; he’s a former campaign staffer for Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush and was the Los Angeles Regional Chairman for the 2008 McCain/Palin presidential campaign

John Feehery, Republican strategist and President of Quinn Gillespie Communications; he’s also a columnist for The Hill