Fox News will now let every Republican candidate into the debates next week.
Fox News announced another change to its August 6 Republican presidential candidate forum on Tuesday, removing the requirement that candidates clear at least one percent in an average of national polls to qualify for the second-tier debate.
The change ensures that all 16 of the GOP’s major declared presidential contenders will participate in one of the two primary debates Fox News is hosting next month. The top 10 candidates in an average of national polls will square off in a two-hour debate at 9 p.m. on August 6 (more than 10 candidates could qualify if there is a tie for 10th place.) The six who do not qualify for the debate will now automatically qualify for a separate one-hour event at 5 p.m.
That means it will go something like this: “Candidates, your opening statements, please… blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah… blah blah blah blah blah blah… Good night everyone.”