Fox News announced its lineup for the first prime-time Republican presidential candidate debate, leaving former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who was leading the GOP polls just four years ago, off the main stage.
Perry was edged out of the crucial 10th spot for Thursday’s main event by Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The debate in Cleveland marks the first of many political showdowns in the coming months and the first real glimpse at the distinctions between the candidates.
Real estate magnet Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will also have a podium spot in the main forum at 9 p.m. ET Thursday.
The remaining seven major candidates — Perry, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former tech executive Carly Fiorina, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former New York Gov. George Pataki and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore — will appear in a Fox News forum airing at 5 p.m. the same day.