GOP Debate Preview: Who’s In, who’s Out, when is it?

By Debbie Lord, Cox Media Group

Who’s in, who’s out, who will insult the other guy (girl). Here are some of the specifics for the third GOP debate of the 2016 presidential election season set for Colorado this week.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 28

Where: Coors Events Center at the University of Colorado Boulder

What time: First part of the debate is 6 p.m. (ET); “primetime” debate starts at 8 p.m. and goes until 10 p.m (ET)

Hosted byCNBC 

Aired on: CNBC – (DirecTV – channel 355); (Dish Network – channel 208); (ATT U-verse – channel 216)

Online post-debate show: Following the debate CNBC’s Joe Kernen and Kelly Evans will host a post-debate show, “Your Money, Your Vote: The Republican Presidential Post-Debate Show,” featuring CNBC contributors.

Live stream: The debate will be streamed live but only to CNBC subscribers. According to the network, the debate is “available to all CNBC digital customers who authenticate via TV Everywhere on CNBC.com, mobile apps, and Apple TV, as well as to CNBC PRO subscribers.”

The debate will be broadcast on SiriusXM satellite radio channel 112 and Westwood One.

Moderators: CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick and John Harwood will moderate the debate

Who can participate: For the 8 p.m. primetime debate, CNBC used nine polls released between Sept. 20 and Oct. 21 to determine who averaged at least 3 percent support in those polls. The top 10 in the combined polls were invited to participate in the 8 p.m. debate.

Who’s in: Here are the candidates participating in the primetime debate,  their poll numbers and their websites.

Where they will stand:

Donald Trump will stand center-stage for the debate next to Ben Carson. To Trump’s right will be Rubio, Bush, Huckabee and Kasich. To Carson’s left will be Fiorina, Cruz, Christie and Paul.

Who is in the 6 p.m. debate (those polling at least 1 percent):

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

Likely issues

While we don’t know for sure, the likely issues to be raised in the debate include:

  1. Job growth
  2. Taxes
  3. Technology
  4. Retirement
  5. Health of the national economy

When’s the next one

The fourth Republican debate will be held Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Milwaukee Theater in Milwaukee, Wisc. It will be hosted by the Fox Business Network and the Wall Street Journal. The next Democratic debate will be in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, Nov. 14. It will be hosted by CBS News, KCCI-TV and the Des Moines Register.

The take on the debates

If you need a laugh amid all this political seriousness, check out these takes on the recent debates.

The GOP debate courtesy of Seth Meyers

The Democratic debate via “SNL”

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