Coming off a win in the Nevada Republican caucus, businessman Donald Trump will face off against the remaining Republican candidates during a CNN-Telemundo-Salem Radio debate in Houston, Thursday evening.
At this point in the race, there will be almost one moderator for every candidate onstage, with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer taking the lead along with Telemundo’s Maria Celeste Arraras, Salem Radio’s Hugh Hewitt and CNN’s Dana Bash. They will all be asking questions during the event at the University of Houston that will be the candidates' final chance to lay out their policies before the 12 Super Tuesday races across the nation Tuesday.
The debate will be carried live in Spanish via Telemundo, the only Spanish-language network to be sanctioned by the Republican National Committee, with questions likely to focus on issues facing Texas and southern states as well as the Latino community.
The moderators bring a mix of backgrounds to the debate, with Hewitt described as a “conservative” talk radio host and the “Great Conservative Moderator Hope." Hewitt has participated in earlier debates this campaign season and had past run-ins with Trump.
Why would a very low ratings radio talk show host like Hugh Hewitt be doing the next debate on @CNN. He is just a 3rd rate "gotcha" guy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2015
Hewitt told the New York Times Trump is succeeding as the frontrunner because “not only is he wildly entertaining and interesting … he also gets things done.”
Arraras, who hosts the Spanish language-program “Al Rojo Vivo,” has moderated in the past during a 2004 Democratic presidential debate. She will join Blitzer and Bash, both CNN veterans, who are moderator regulars. Blitzer, Bash and Hewitt together took the helm of the Republican debate in Las Vegas held in December.
Thursday’s debate will run 9-11 p.m. EST and will be available online here.