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The 2024 presidential race gets into full swing Wednesday with the first Republican primary debate of the election cycle.

Eight candidates will participate in the debate at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum: Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum.

However, Trump has declined to participate in Wednesday’s debate.

The debate will begin at 9 p.m. ET and be moderated by Fox News anchors Martha MacCallum and Bret Baier.

Read live updates on the GOP debate below:

told CBS News.

Trump is expected to turn himself into Fulton County Jail in Georgia on Thursday over a case involving efforts to overturn his loss in the 2020 presidential election. “,”source”:””,”title”:”DeSantis Adviser Mocks Trump Over His Many Indictments”,”type”:”image”,”summary”:””,”badge”:””,”cta”:[],”meta”:null,”credit”:””,”creditUrl”:””,”authorship”:{“author”:{“id”:”557703b4e4b09499c4202d19″,”userId”:”557703b4e4b09499c4202d18″,”fullName”:”Igor Bobic”,”bio”:{“text”:”Igor Bobic is a senior HuffPost reporter who covers Congress, the White House, and political campaigns. He can be reached at igor.bobic@huffpost.com and is on Twitter @igorbobic.”,”microText”:”Senior Politics Reporter, HuffPost”},”urls”:{“twitter”:”igorbobic”,”facebook”:”igor.bobic”},”urlName”:{“text”:”igor-bobic”,”transliterated”:”igor-bobic”},”profileUrl”:{“name”:”5db351812000006f26506d19″,”ops”:””,”ext”:”jpeg”},”carmotMetadata”:{“editionCode”:”us”,”uuid”:”a2c27df1-0e12-38ae-ac3d-e55c0d1442e1″,”alias”:”hp-us-igor-bobic”,”linkedAuthorUuidMap”:{“au”:”7cf7be6d-bcde-3f7a-9f11-79fe9f74fac1″,”br”:”0475a088-e606-3038-825f-f057c680bcd3″,”ca”:”0bbe9fa9-804e-3ac4-8224-7dacd80e931c”,”es”:”e7d27c67-55ce-3657-b1e0-c4627b4fa552″,”gr”:”b5546935-59c9-3bf9-a01f-657e14ef7d20″,”in”:”aca8b586-2566-315f-b12c-9a38b69db7d1″,”jp”:”55730c81-232c-3f75-9864-01a49a2882e5″,”kr”:”4e4bcd3c-98b9-3d92-ac3f-5678e0ef2d6f”,”qc”:”69fdc46d-c3e9-3af6-a857-9fdd03e6a560″,”uk”:”9367b271-aeaf-3cf0-828a-867c9899070b”}}},”firstPublishedAt”:”2023-08-23T23:49:36.902Z”,”lastPublishedAt”:”2023-08-23T23:49:36.902Z”,”formattedFirstPublishedAt”:”Aug 23, 2023, 7:49 PM EDT”},”thumbnail”:{“url”:{“fileName”:”default-entry.jpg”,”type”:”hectorUrl”},”credit”:””,”ops”:””},”textWrap”:”wrapped”,”imagePositionInUnit”:null,”imagePositionInSubUnit”:null,”authors”:[{“authorData”:{“id”:”557703b4e4b09499c4202d19″,”fullName”:”Igor Bobic”,”slug”:”igor-bobic”,”headshot”:{“type”:”hector”,”url”:”https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5db351812000006f26506d19.jpeg”,”queryParams”:{},”width”:400,”height”:400,”credit”:””,”ops”:””},”socialAccounts”:{},”title”:””,”links”:{“permalink”:”https://www.huffpost.com/author/igor-bobic”}}}],”isLiveblogSlide”:false},”provider”:null},{“embedData”:{“type”:”hector”,”url”:”https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/default-entry.jpg”,”queryParams”:{},”credit”:””},”type”:”image”,”common”:{“id”:”64e6977ae4b0400efa58f89f”,”caption”:”President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign knocked Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-aired sit-down tonight with ex-Fox News host Tucker Carlson as a “softball interview.”

“Donald Trump will again make clear that he’s running on the same extreme and deeply unpopular MAGA agenda the American people have rejected time and time again,” Biden campaign spokesperson Kevin Munoz said in a statement.

Munoz added that Trump will likely double down on “wild, debunked conspiracy theories” and that the “same extreme and unpopular agenda will be on display in Milwaukee later tonight by MAGA Republican candidates doing their best impressions of Donald Trump. The American people rejected these extreme ideas in 2018, 2020, and 2022 – and they will again in November 2024. “”,”source”:””,”title”:”Biden Campaign Rips Trump’s ‘Softball’ Interview With Tucker Carlson”,”type”:”image”,”summary”:””,”badge”:””,”cta”:[],”meta”:null,”credit”:””,”creditUrl”:””,”authorship”:{“author”:{“id”:”557703b4e4b09499c4202d19″,”userId”:”557703b4e4b09499c4202d18″,”fullName”:”Igor Bobic”,”bio”:{“text”:”Igor Bobic is a senior HuffPost reporter who covers Congress, the White House, and political campaigns. He can be reached at igor.bobic@huffpost.com and is on Twitter @igorbobic.”,”microText”:”Senior Politics Reporter, HuffPost”},”urls”:{“twitter”:”igorbobic”,”facebook”:”igor.bobic”},”urlName”:{“text”:”igor-bobic”,”transliterated”:”igor-bobic”},”profileUrl”:{“name”:”5db351812000006f26506d19″,”ops”:””,”ext”:”jpeg”},”carmotMetadata”:{“editionCode”:”us”,”uuid”:”a2c27df1-0e12-38ae-ac3d-e55c0d1442e1″,”alias”:”hp-us-igor-bobic”,”linkedAuthorUuidMap”:{“au”:”7cf7be6d-bcde-3f7a-9f11-79fe9f74fac1″,”br”:”0475a088-e606-3038-825f-f057c680bcd3″,”ca”:”0bbe9fa9-804e-3ac4-8224-7dacd80e931c”,”es”:”e7d27c67-55ce-3657-b1e0-c4627b4fa552″,”gr”:”b5546935-59c9-3bf9-a01f-657e14ef7d20″,”in”:”aca8b586-2566-315f-b12c-9a38b69db7d1″,”jp”:”55730c81-232c-3f75-9864-01a49a2882e5″,”kr”:”4e4bcd3c-98b9-3d92-ac3f-5678e0ef2d6f”,”qc”:”69fdc46d-c3e9-3af6-a857-9fdd03e6a560″,”uk”:”9367b271-aeaf-3cf0-828a-867c9899070b”}}},”firstPublishedAt”:”2023-08-23T23:37:35.037Z”,”lastPublishedAt”:”2023-08-23T23:37:35.037Z”,”formattedFirstPublishedAt”:”Aug 23, 2023, 7:37 PM EDT”},”thumbnail”:{“url”:{“fileName”:”default-entry.jpg”,”type”:”hectorUrl”},”credit”:””,”ops”:””},”textWrap”:”wrapped”,”imagePositionInUnit”:null,”imagePositionInSubUnit”:null,”authors”:[{“authorData”:{“id”:”557703b4e4b09499c4202d19″,”fullName”:”Igor Bobic”,”slug”:”igor-bobic”,”headshot”:{“type”:”hector”,”url”:”https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5db351812000006f26506d19.jpeg”,”queryParams”:{},”width”:400,”height”:400,”credit”:””,”ops”:””},”socialAccounts”:{},”title”:””,”links”:{“permalink”:”https://www.huffpost.com/author/igor-bobic”}}}],”isLiveblogSlide”:false},”provider”:null},{“embedData”:{“type”:”hector”,”url”:”https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/64e695a92600001f00a757b0.png”,”queryParams”:{},”width”:980,”height”:554,”credit”:””},”type”:”image”,”common”:{“id”:”64e69556e4b09133924cabde”,”caption”:”Ex-Fox News host Tucker Carlson, in a preview of his interview with Donald Trump that is set to air just as the 2024 GOP debate kicks off on Wednesday, asks the former president if he is concerned about attempts on his life.

“It started with protests against you, and then it moved to impeachment, twice, and now indictment. Are you worried that they’re gonna try and kill you? Why wouldn’t they try and kill you?” Carlson asked Trump in a clip posted online ahead of the full interview.

“They’re savage animals. They are people who are sick,” Trump said.

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“It started with protests against you, and then it moved to impeachment, twice, and now indictment. Are you worried that they’re gonna try and kill you? Why wouldn’t they try and kill you?” Carlson asked Trump in a clip posted online ahead of the full interview.

“They’re savage animals. They are people who are sick,” Trump said.

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Asked what his expectations were, the president smiled and laughed.

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But the North Dakota governor tweeted a photo of him on crutches Wednesday evening, captioning it: “I’m in.”

Burgum said he sustained a high-grade tear of his Achilles tendon while playing basketball with his staff Tuesday.

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As of Monday, Morning Consult showed Trump polling at 58% support among potential GOP primary voters, DeSantis at 14%, Vivek Ramaswamy at 10%, and Mike Pence at 6%. Nikki Hayley, Tim Scott and Chris Christie all hover at 3%, while Hutchinson comes in at 1%.

A poll of likely Iowa GOP caucus-goers, also released Monday, found Trump could count 42% support over DeSantis’ 19% support. Coming in third was Scott, with 9%.”,”source”:””,”title”:”Trump Is Right About One Thing: Leading The Polls”,”type”:”image”,”summary”:””,”badge”:””,”cta”:[],”meta”:null,”credit”:””,”creditUrl”:””,”authorship”:{“author”:{“id”:”557703bbe4b09499c4202e85″,”userId”:”557703bbe4b09499c4202e84″,”fullName”:”Sara Boboltz”,”bio”:{“text”:”Sara Boboltz is a reporter for HuffPost based in New York City. She can be reached at sara.boboltz@huffingtonpost.com.”,”microText”:”Reporter, HuffPost”},”urls”:{“twitter”:”sara_bee”},”urlName”:{“text”:”sara-boboltz”,”transliterated”:”sara-boboltz”},”profileUrl”:{“name”:”5c112f45240000ff008c49ce”,”ops”:””,”ext”:”jpg”},”carmotMetadata”:{“editionCode”:”us”,”uuid”:”7efa2b24-4b6d-3ed4-9577-ccdb5b94ca9d”,”alias”:”hp-us-sara-boboltz”,”linkedAuthorUuidMap”:{“au”:”e2c788e0-e657-3145-89f1-772e9073363a”,”br”:”7dd4b59a-cd13-359c-8e48-55156aad035d”,”ca”:”4b4ed2d2-0cc0-3fec-9a12-613c7d4cbdf8″,”es”:”72574f0c-0913-3237-b4f8-82577b2e0f6d”,”fr”:”fa37297f-6053-37d5-8459-b3ce0d49e249″,”gr”:”47d4405e-50d2-33a9-a8e7-5aa0ae78b17f”,”in”:”52202395-5771-3b1b-bd72-aa237dbb4992″,”it”:”8030b39b-266e-3b42-bb91-366fa3c17acb”,”jp”:”f96d018f-a655-3e2c-a7d2-e9bef0418928″,”kr”:”901d3b5d-c732-3638-9753-c24462e9f959″,”qc”:”e7550854-9b8c-3448-8811-d6a30489d80d”,”uk”:”1b2d589c-ea9a-3877-875c-b904885588c9″}}},”firstPublishedAt”:”2023-08-23T22:40:37.295Z”,”lastPublishedAt”:”2023-08-23T22:49:04.634Z”,”formattedFirstPublishedAt”:”Aug 23, 2023, 6:40 PM EDT”},”thumbnail”:{“url”:{“fileName”:”default-entry.jpg”,”type”:”hectorUrl”},”credit”:””,”ops”:””},”textWrap”:”wrapped”,”imagePositionInUnit”:null,”imagePositionInSubUnit”:null,”authors”:[{“authorData”:{“id”:”557703bbe4b09499c4202e85″,”fullName”:”Sara Boboltz”,”slug”:”sara-boboltz”,”headshot”:{“type”:”hector”,”url”:”https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5c112f45240000ff008c49ce.jpg”,”queryParams”:{},”width”:400,”height”:400,”credit”:””,”ops”:””},”socialAccounts”:{},”title”:””,”links”:{“permalink”:”https://www.huffpost.com/author/sara-boboltz”}}}],”isLiveblogSlide”:false},”provider”:null},{“embedData”:{“type”:”hector”,”url”:”https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/64e683cc2000006100f60569.jpeg”,”queryParams”:{},”width”:6048,”height”:4024,”credit”:”Getty Images”},”type”:”image”,”common”:{“id”:”64e6838ae4b01168be175685″,”caption”:”Excluded from the debate tonight are former Congressman Will Hurd of Texas (pictured here), Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, businessman Perry Johnson and conservative radio host Larry Elder.

None of them qualified under the criteria set by the Republican National Committee (RNC), which requires candidates to have at least 1% support in three national polls or in a mix of national and early-state polls and to have 40,000 individual campaign donors from at least 200 donors per state across at least 20 states.

Perry and Elder didn’t take the news so well. Both have said they’ll be suing the RNC, which they accuse of being corrupt and setting vague rules about which polls would qualify.

Hurd also failed to meet another requirement set forth by the RNC: A pledge to support whoever becomes the GOP’s nominee.

“I’ve been very clear, I’m not saying the pledge as is, and I will deal with the consequences that happen,” Hurd told NBC News last week.

RNC chair Ronna McDaniel pushed back, saying the rules were clear and that the candidates who didn’t qualify should have entered the race earlier.

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None of them qualified under the criteria set by the Republican National Committee (RNC), which requires candidates to have at least 1% support in three national polls or in a mix of national and early-state polls and to have 40,000 individual campaign donors from at least 200 donors per state across at least 20 states.

Perry and Elder didn’t take the news so well. Both have said they’ll be suing the RNC, which they accuse of being corrupt and setting vague rules about which polls would qualify.

Hurd also failed to meet another requirement set forth by the RNC: A pledge to support whoever becomes the GOP’s nominee.

“I’ve been very clear, I’m not saying the pledge as is, and I will deal with the consequences that happen,” Hurd told NBC News last week.

RNC chair Ronna McDaniel pushed back, saying the rules were clear and that the candidates who didn’t qualify should have entered the race earlier.

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“The public knows who I am & what a successful Presidency I had,” Trump wrote on his social media site. “I WILL THEREFORE NOT BE DOING THE DEBATES!”

He’d hinted at that in the months leading up to tonight. In June, he said on Fox News: “Why would I allow people at 1 or 2% and 0% to be hitting me with questions all night?”

Instead, Trump will appear in an interview with ousted Fox News host Tucker Carlson on X, formerly known as Twitter, during the debate.

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“The public knows who I am & what a successful Presidency I had,” Trump wrote on his social media site. “I WILL THEREFORE NOT BE DOING THE DEBATES!”

He’d hinted at that in the months leading up to tonight. In June, he said on Fox News: “Why would I allow people at 1 or 2% and 0% to be hitting me with questions all night?”

Instead, Trump will appear in an interview with ousted Fox News host Tucker Carlson on X, formerly known as Twitter, during the debate. 

The debate falls on the night before Trump said he’ll surrender to authorities at Atlanta’s Fulton County Jail on charges related to his efforts to reverse Georgia’s 2020 election results. In total this year, he’s been charged with 91 felony counts across four cases.”,”credit”:”Getty Images”,”height”:1921,”width”:2882,”ops”:””},”textWrap”:”wrapped”,”imagePositionInUnit”:null,”imagePositionInSubUnit”:null,”authors”:[{“authorData”:{“id”:”557703b8e4b09499c4202dd9″,”fullName”:”Lydia O’Connor”,”slug”:”lydia-oconnor”,”headshot”:{“type”:”hector”,”url”:”https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/61733bec2100000f3d6fd958.jpg”,”queryParams”:{},”width”:400,”height”:400,”credit”:””,”ops”:””},”socialAccounts”:{},”title”:””,”links”:{“permalink”:”https://www.huffpost.com/author/lydia-oconnor”}}}],”isLiveblogSlide”:false},”provider”:null},{“embedData”:”

“,”type”:”embed”,”common”:{“id”:”64e65974e4b07db6819613a0″,”caption”:”Attacks on the quadruply indicted GOP front-runner seem abundantly obvious, but Trump’s rivals know they will eventually have to unite the Republican base if they win the nomination. So how likely are they to go after him? Read more here:”,”source”:”

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DeSantis Adviser Mocks Trump Over His Many Indictments

Jeff Roe, a top adviser for Never Back Down, the super PAC supporting Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ presidential bid, took a dig at former President Donald Trump’s legal troubles ahead of Wednesday’s 2024 GOP debate.

Asked to respond to the Trump campaign mocking DeSantis over his many campaign “resets” over the summer, including bringing a new campaign manager and other top staff, Roe let it rip.

“I guess we’ll have as many restarts as they have indictments,” Roe told CBS News.

Trump is expected to turn himself into Fulton County Jail in Georgia on Thursday over a case involving efforts to overturn his loss in the 2020 presidential election.

Biden Campaign Rips Trump’s ‘Softball’ Interview With Tucker Carlson

President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign knocked Donald Trump’s yet-to-be-aired sit-down tonight with ex-Fox News host Tucker Carlson as a “softball interview.”

“Donald Trump will again make clear that he’s running on the same extreme and deeply unpopular MAGA agenda the American people have rejected time and time again,” Biden campaign spokesperson Kevin Munoz said in a statement.

Munoz added that Trump will likely double down on “wild, debunked conspiracy theories” and that the “same extreme and unpopular agenda will be on display in Milwaukee later tonight by MAGA Republican candidates doing their best impressions of Donald Trump. The American people rejected these extreme ideas in 2018, 2020, and 2022 – and they will again in November 2024. “

Tucker Carlson To Trump: ‘Are You Worried That They’re Going To Try And Kill You?’

Ex-Fox News host Tucker Carlson, in a preview of his interview with Donald Trump that is set to air just as the 2024 GOP debate kicks off on Wednesday, asks the former president if he is concerned about attempts on his life.

“It started with protests against you, and then it moved to impeachment, twice, and now indictment. Are you worried that they’re gonna try and kill you? Why wouldn’t they try and kill you?” Carlson asked Trump in a clip posted online ahead of the full interview.

“They’re savage animals. They are people who are sick,” Trump said.

The full interview is set to air at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday on X, the social media website formerly known as Twitter.

Biden Remarks On GOP Contenders

President Joe Biden said he would try to catch as much of the debate as he could when he was asked about it by pool reporters traveling with him to Lake Tahoe earlier Wednesday.

Asked what his expectations were, the president smiled and laughed.

“I have none,” he said.

Candidates Have 1 Minute For Responses, No Opening Statements

The debate will be a little unique for candidates: There are no opening statements tonight, and responses to questions must be limited to one minute, with 30 seconds for any follow-ups.

Questions from the moderators will vary from candidate to candidate.

Everyone will get 45 seconds for a closing statement.

North Dakota Governor Debating Through His Injury

Doug Burgum is joining tonight’s debate after some speculation that an Achilles tendon injury he sustained Tuesday might force him to back out.

But the North Dakota governor tweeted a photo of him on crutches Wednesday evening, captioning it: “I’m in.”

Burgum said he sustained a high-grade tear of his Achilles tendon while playing basketball with his staff Tuesday.

“I think the first piece of good news is tonight’s not a dance contest,” Burgum told CNN in Milwaukee, adding: “We’re standing at a podium for two hours, and I may just have to cowboy up, and we’ll just get through it.”

Trump Is Right About One Thing: Leading The Polls

Former President Donald Trump is crushing his rivals gunning for the Republican presidential nomination, leading by as much as 40-plus points in some polls. Ron DeSantis leads the rest of the field; his popularity has taken a big dive since announcing his candidacy.

As of Monday, Morning Consult showed Trump polling at 58% support among potential GOP primary voters, DeSantis at 14%, Vivek Ramaswamy at 10%, and Mike Pence at 6%. Nikki Hayley, Tim Scott and Chris Christie all hover at 3%, while Hutchinson comes in at 1%.

A poll of likely Iowa GOP caucus-goers, also released Monday, found Trump could count 42% support over DeSantis’ 19% support. Coming in third was Scott, with 9%.

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Here’s Who Didn’t Qualify For The Debate

Excluded from the debate tonight are former Congressman Will Hurd of Texas (pictured here), Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, businessman Perry Johnson and conservative radio host Larry Elder.

None of them qualified under the criteria set by the Republican National Committee (RNC), which requires candidates to have at least 1% support in three national polls or in a mix of national and early-state polls and to have 40,000 individual campaign donors from at least 200 donors per state across at least 20 states.

Perry and Elder didn’t take the news so well. Both have said they’ll be suing the RNC, which they accuse of being corrupt and setting vague rules about which polls would qualify.

Hurd also failed to meet another requirement set forth by the RNC: A pledge to support whoever becomes the GOP’s nominee.



“I’ve been very clear, I’m not saying the pledge as is, and I will deal with the consequences that happen,” Hurd told NBC News last week.

RNC chair Ronna McDaniel pushed back, saying the rules were clear and that the candidates who didn’t qualify should have entered the race earlier.

“It’s not easy when you have zero name ID to get 1% in three national polls,” she said.

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A Glaring Absence Tonight

Former president Donald Trump won’t be making an appearance on tonight’s debate stage. The GOP front-runner confirmed what many already assumed on Sunday, explaining that people are already familiar with him so he won’t be participating in the debates.

“The public knows who I am & what a successful Presidency I had,” Trump wrote on his social media site. “I WILL THEREFORE NOT BE DOING THE DEBATES!”

He’d hinted at that in the months leading up to tonight. In June, he said on Fox News: “Why would I allow people at 1 or 2% and 0% to be hitting me with questions all night?”

Instead, Trump will appear in an interview with ousted Fox News host Tucker Carlson on X, formerly known as Twitter, during the debate.

The debate falls on the night before Trump said he’ll surrender to authorities at Atlanta’s Fulton County Jail on charges related to his efforts to reverse Georgia’s 2020 election results. In total this year, he’s been charged with 91 felony counts across four cases.

Will This Be A Trump-Bashing Party?

Attacks on the quadruply indicted GOP front-runner seem abundantly obvious, but Trump’s rivals know they will eventually have to unite the Republican base if they win the nomination. So how likely are they to go after him? Read more here:

3 Governors To Face Scrutiny Over COVID-19 Response

Three of the candidates expected to take the stage led their respective states through the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic: Ron DeSantis (Florida), Asa Hutchinson (Arkansas) and Doug Burgum (North Dakota). How did they do? Read more here:

Stay Tuned For Updates

The first Republican primary debate will kick off Wednesday, August 23 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox News. Check back for updates.

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