After the CNBC moderators of the last Republican presidential debate received scathing performance reviews, moderators from the Fox Business Network and event partner the Wall Street Journal will get their turn at the next Republican debate Tuesday evening. The debate will take place in two parts with Fox Business Network anchors Maria Bartiromo and Neil Cavuto moderating the primetime event along with Wall Street Journal editor Gerard Baker, Fox Business reported.
Fox Business Network’s Trish Regan and Sandra Smith along with the Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib will moderate the undercard debate. The debate will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and again focus on the economy.
Bartiromo, Cavuto and Baker will question businessman Donald Trump, retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul during the 9 p.m. EST debate. Prior to that, Regan, Smith and Seib will be joined by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum at 7 p.m. EST.
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Fox Business’ first ever debate will allow the small financial network with approximately 100,000 regular viewers reach a wide audience with online live streaming of the debate.
Bartiromo, who recently joined Fox from CNBC, told International Business Times last week that CNBC missed the mark in the last debate of helping viewers understand where candidates stand on issues.
“For me, I think it was a clear reminder of the reason we do these debates,” Bartiromo said. “The reason we do these debates is to help the viewer, the voter, better understand the candidates’ positions on things. And to better distinguish how one plan differs from the next plan.”
Bartiromo has moderated in the past and faced a harsh reaction from Newt Gingrich during the 2012 CNBC debate. Both of Tuesday's debates will feature a buzzer to keep candidates in check for their allotted time limits.
“Look, we’re here to facilitate, we’re not looking to please the candidates and give them their own produced show, in any way,” Bartiromo said. “We’re a news organization.”