FOX NEWS CHANNEL TO HOST CANDIDATE FORUM AHEAD OF FIRST GOP PRIMARY DEBATE AUGUST 6TH

Co-anchors Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum to Moderate

FOX News Channel (FNC) announced today that it will host a candidate forum as part of its Republican presidential primary debate coverage on August 6, 2015.

FOX News’ Executive Vice President of News Editorial Michael Clemente said, “As we noted when we first announced the debate criteria, our intention has always been to provide coverage to the wide field of Republican candidates and we are glad to present these details today.”

Moderated by America’s Newsroom co-anchors, Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum, the forum will be presented live from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH from 1-3PM/ET on FNC, as well as on the network’s other platforms, including FOX News Radio, FOX News Mobile and FOXNews.com.

The candidates, who do not qualify for the primetime GOP primary debate, will be among those invited to participate in the 90-minute forum, which is part of the additional planned candidate coverage previously announced by the network.  Following the forum, the network and Facebook will present the primetime debate from 9-11PM/ET.

Clemente announced the forum participation criteria as follows:

  • Must meet all U.S. Constitutional requirements; and
  • Must announce and register a formal campaign for president; and
  • Must file all necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), and
  • Must score 1% or higher in an average of the five most recent national polls, as recognized by FOX News leading up to August 4th at 5 PM/ET. Such polling must be conducted by major, nationally recognized organizations that use standard methodological techniques.

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