The remaining five Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to take the stage Thursday evening in Houston for a night of spirited debating. The debate is scheduled to begin at 8:30 EST and will be aired on CNN, Telemundo and Salem Radio.
Thursday night’s debate will likely be the last chance Ohio Gov. John Kasich, businessman Donald Trump, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson will have to face off before the Super Tuesday primaries March 1. NBC News was originally slated to host the debate, but the Republican National Committee decided to sever ties with the media outlet after what the party said were unfair questions and moderators during NBC’s Republican debate earlier this year.
"While debates are meant to include tough questions and contrast candidates’ visions and policies for the future of America, CNBC's moderators engaged in a series of ‘gotcha’ questions, petty and mean-spirited in tone, and designed to embarrass our candidates," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus wrote in a statement shortly after CNBC’s GOP debate in October.
Thursday night’s debate will mark the third Republican debate hosted by CNN this election season and will be moderated by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. The network is also scheduled to host a Republican primary debate in March in Florida.
As the race to the 2016 presidency continues, the GOP field has tightened, with a number of candidates suspending their campaigns after receiving dismal results at various primary elections and caucuses. In Iowa’s Feb. 1 caucuses, Cruz came out victorious, but in New Hampshire’s primary Feb. 9, Trump won with an overwhelming amount of votes. Trump won again in South Carolina’s Feb. 20 primary and Nevada’s caucuses earlier this week.
The next Republican debate is scheduled for March 3 in Detroit and will be hosted by Fox News. The next Democratic debate is slated to occur in Flint, Michigan, March 6 and will be hosted by CNN.