‘Will be the margarita of debates’: RNC reveals exclusive host and moderators of next GOP debate

Right on the heels of the third Republican presidential primary debate, a news release announced the location and host of the fourth installment slated for December.

“Today, the Republican National Committee (RNC) announced that it has selected NewsNation, The Megyn Kelly Show on SiriusXM, the Washington Free Beacon and Rumble as partners for the fourth Republican presidential primary debate, which will take place in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on December 6, 2023,” the RNC announced in a Thursday press release.

The news, coming just one day after the third primary debate in Miami which was moderated by NBC’s Lester Holt and Kristen Welker, revealed that this time, the questions to candidates would come from SiriusXM’s Megyn Kelly, NewsNation’s Elizabeth Vargas, and the Washington Free Beacon’s Eliana Johnson.

“It will be the margarita of debates – spicy, fun and somewhat intoxicating. Looking forward to it.” – Megyn Kelly said in a statement.

“I am thrilled to announce that the RNC has sanctioned the fourth Republican primary debate in Alabama with NewsNation, The Megyn Kelly Show, the Washington Free Beacon, and Rumble as our partners. With less than a year out from Election Day 2024, the fourth debate stage will showcase our winning Republican agenda against Biden’s record of failure.” – RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement.

McDaniel was the subject of headlines after GOP hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy criticized her leadership on the debate stage, calling on her to apologize to Americans and resign. He also called out the “corrupt media” and argued that more conservative voices should be chosen as moderators.

Sean Compton, president of Nexstar Networks which includes the CW Network, announced in a letter to staff that it was a “significant milestone for our network.”

Former President Donald Trump may continue to decline to participate in the debates and the last time he took part in one with Kelly moderating was in 2016 when the two infamously wrangled over some of her questioning. The former Fox News host has moderated five Republican primary debates throughout her journalistic career.


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