Two of the Republican presidential hopefuls who have been a part of the party’s “headliner” debates have been relegated to what’s being called the “kids’ table” for the upcoming debate on Fox Business Network.
Deadline.com reports that Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee were demoted to the opening act for the Nov. 10 event, with the number of contenders on stage for the main event limited to eight.
Others who didn’t make the cut include Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, George Pataki and Lindsey Graham, the story reports.
The “undercard,” originally slated for 6 p.m. ET, has been rescheduled for 7 p.m.
FBN’s Lou Dobbs reportedly announced the moves on his show Thursday.
The eight contenders who made it into the main debate are Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich and Rand Paul. Each candidate reportedly had to hit at least 2.5% support in an average of four recent national polls.
An average of 1% or better was set by FBN as the requirement to qualify for the opening debate. The opener will be moderated by Trish Regan and Sandra Smith of FBN along with The Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib.
The main event, set for 9 p.m. ET, will be moderated by FBN’s Mario Bartiromo and Neil Cavuto, and WSJ editor-in-chief Gerard Baker.