So Far, 16 Republicans Invited to the Next GOP Debates at Reagan Ranch

by Warner Todd Huston | August 11, 2015 1:35 pm

Nancy Reagan has officially invited 16 candidates to the next Republican Party Presidential debates to be held at the Reagan Ranch on September 16.

The next one will be hosted by CNN’s Jake Tapper as moderator.

Nancy Reagan’s invite reads[1]:

“My husband was humbled and honored to be president of the United States. I heard him say on more than one occasion that he was only given temporary custody of the presidency, but I know from very personal experience that it was the role of his lifetime. Debates are a crucial part of the election process, and I’m thrilled that so many qualified candidates have the opportunity to be heard at the Reagan Presidential Library.”

Here are the ones invited for the top tier debate featuring all candidates with 1 percent or more in the polling:

Businessman Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

The candidates invited for the tier two debate are:

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former New York Gov. George Pataki and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

So far, the only one missing is former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore who appeared in the Fox News second tier debate.

Endnotes:
  1. invite reads: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/aug/11/nancy-reagan-sends-out-16-invites-for-the-sept-16-/

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