Fox Business Network announced the candidates eligible to participate in its Nov. 10 GOP primary debates. The candidates whose 2.5 percent or more polling average makes them eligible for the 9 p.m. ET debate are: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich and Rand Paul. Paul makes it in with an average that is exactly 2.5 percent.
The candidates eligible for the [now] 7 p.m. ET undercard debate, garnering more than 1 percent in at least one of the four polls chosen by FBN but less than the 2.5 four poll average, are: Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum. Christie and Huckabee were both in CNBC’s primtetime debate the last time around. George Pataki and Lindsey Graham, undercard participants in CNBC’s debate, are out completely.
The four polls used to determine debate eligibility were: Fox News, Investor’s Business Daily/TIPP, Quinnipiac University and The Wall Street Journal/NBC News. According to the network, it used the four most recent national polls based on when polling occurred, rather than when the polls were published.
FBN also announced earlier today it will be streaming the debate free on Foxbusiness.com regardless of whether or not viewers are subscribed to the channel.
And for cable subscribers who don’t have FBN, which reaches 70 million homes, the network, in cooperation with cable and satellite providers DirecTV, Suddenlink, Mediacom, Frontier, Wide Open West and Cable One, as well as a number of National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) member companies, will unbundle the network, making it available to all those companies’ subscribers.