Dana Bash And Jake Tapper To Moderate CNN’s Iowa GOP Debate – Deadline

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Dana Bash and Jake Tapper will moderate CNN‘s Republican primary debate on January 10, five days before the Iowa caucuses.

The event, to take place at Drake University, was announced last week along with another debate to be held on Jan. 21, two days before the New Hampshire primary.

The debates are not sanctioned by the Republican National Committee, which last week released candidates from the obligation of only participating in events approved by the party.

To qualify for the Iowa debate, candidates must receive at least 10% in three separate national and/or Iowa polls of Republican caucusgoers that meet the network’s standards for reporting, CNN said. One of the three polls must be a CNN approved poll of likely Iowa caucusgoers. Given where the candidates are in the polls, the candidates most likely to qualify are Donald Trump, Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis. A recent Des Moines Register/NBC News/Mediacom Iowa Poll showed Trump with 51% support, DeSantis at 19% and Haley at 16%. Vivek Ramaswamy and Chris Christie were in the single digits. Trump has so far declined to participate in any of the debates, so the Iowa event may just be between Haley and DeSantis.

Hours after CNN announced its New Hampshire debate, ABC News said that it would host a debate on Jan. 18, three nights before. WMUR-TV and Saint Anselm College are co-hosts of the event. CNN said last week that they were still moving forward with their plans, but the original location, Saint Anselm, is likely to change. The day after CNN’s announcement, a Saint Anselm official said he was unaware of the network plans.

CNN, ABC News and CBS News had been shut out of the previous four RNC-sanctioned events. Fox News hosted the first in August, followed by Fox Business in September, NBC News in November and NewsNation last week.

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