CNBC Reveals Republican Presidential Debate Lineup

CNBC's "The Republican Presidential Debate: Your Money, Your Vote" to Air on CNBC on Wednesday, October 28

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., October 21, 2015—CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, today announced the lineup for the network's Republican debate, "The Republican Presidential Debate: Your Money, Your Vote," on Wednesday, October 28th. Moderated by CNBC's Carl Quintanilla, co-anchor of "Squawk on the Street" and "Squawk Alley," Becky Quick, co-anchor of "Squawk Box" and Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood, the debate will focus on the key issues that matter to all voters—job growth, taxes, technology, retirement and the health of our national economy. The RNC sanctioned debate will be held at the Coors Events Center at the University of Colorado Boulder and broadcast live on CNBC.

Today marks the close of the five-week window for determining eligibility based on national polls. The results were based on methodically sound and recognized national polls conducted by NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, CNN and Bloomberg. The debate will be divided into two parts. The candidates with an average of three percent in this specified group of national polls will take the stage shortly after 8PM ET for a two-hour debate. The candidates who met the minimum threshold of one percent in any one of the specified group of national polls will take the stage at 6PM ET. The full criteria may be found here.

The following 10 candidates will take the stage shortly after 8PM ET:

  • Donald Trump: 25.22
  • Ben Carson: 19.78
  • Marco Rubio: 9.67
  • Jeb Bush: 8.11
  • Carly Fiorina: 8.11
  • Ted Cruz: 6.89
  • Mike Huckabee: 3.56
  • Chris Christie: 3.00
  • John Kasich: 3.00
  • Rand Paul: 3.00

This specified group of national polls were also used to determine the order that the candidates will appear on stage. Donald Trump and Ben Carson will anchor the center of the stage for the 8PM ET debate. To Donald Trump's right will be Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee and John Kasich, in that order. To Ben Carson's left will be Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie and Rand Paul, in that order. For candidates whose national poll averages were tied, podium positions were selected by a drawing.

The following four candidates, who met the minimum threshold of one percent in any one of the specified group of national polls, will take the stage at 6PM ET:

  • Rick Santorum
  • Bobby Jindal
  • George Pataki
  • Lindsey Graham

The eligibility was determined based on the following polls: CNN/ORC International poll released on September 20; Fox News poll released on September 23; Bloomberg Politics poll released on September 24; NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on September 27; CBS News poll released on October 11; Fox News poll released on October 13; CNN/ORC International poll released on October 20; NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released on October 20; and Washington Post-ABC News poll released on October 21.

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