US Republicans gear up for debate of eight Tuesday – Yahoo News

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Washington (AFP) – A winnowed crop of eight candidates takes the stage Tuesday for the next Republican US presidential debate, with surging outsider Ben Carson’s tumultuous backstory under the microscope and Jeb Bush fighting for his political life.

The showdown in Milwaukee, Wisconsin comes two and a half months before the first state-wide votes in the primary process to determine which Republican and which Democrat will square off in the November 2016 election that determines who succeeds Barack Obama in the White House.

Amid pressure to narrow the field for the party’s fourth debate in the series — the race two months ago had bulged to 17 contenders — broadcaster Fox Business Network changed the format from previous Republican clashes, with only eight candidates at the podiums instead of 10.

Low-pollers New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee failed to make the cut. They are relegated to the undercard debate, which begins at 0000 GMT Wednesday and features four back-of-the-pack candidates.

Two others, Senator Lindsey Graham and former New York governor George Pataki, have generated virtually zero support and were bumped from the proceedings altogether.

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