FOX Business Network has announced the candidate criteria for its two Republican presidential primary debates on January 14, 2016. The debates, which have been sanctioned by the Republican National Committee, will take place at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, South Carolina. They will follow a similar format to the network’s inaugural debate, focusing on economic, domestic and international policy issues. The debates will factor in both national polls, as well as those based in Iowa and New Hampshire conducted and released prior to Monday, January 11 at 6 p.m./ET. The primetime debate will feature candidates that place in the top six nationally, and place within the top five in Iowa or New Hampshire, while the remaining candidates will be invited to the early debate. In order to qualify for the primetime debate, candidates must either:
• Place in the top six nationally, based on an average of the five most recent national polls recognized by FOX News. OR • Place in the top five in Iowa, based on an average of the five most recent Iowa state polls recognized by FOX News. OR • Place in the top five in New Hampshire, based on an average of the five most recent New Hampshire state polls recognized by FOX News. Such polling must be conducted by major nationally and state recognized organizations that use standard methodological techniques (i.e., live interviewers, random digit-dial sampling techniques and include both landlines and cell phones). In order to qualify for the first debate, candidates must register at least one percent in ONE of the five most recent national polls. More information on the debate, including moderators and times, will be released closer to the air date. FOX Business Network is a financial news channel owned by 21st Century Fox (NASDAQ:FOXA). Headquartered in New York, FBN launched in October 2007 and is available in more than 80 million homes in major markets across the United States and on FOXBusiness.com.