Prominent NH Republicans want debate open to all candidates

CONCORD, N.H. — More than 50 prominent Republicans in New Hampshire are asking Fox News to change the format of its Aug. 6 presidential debate so every candidate can participate.

That’s the first scheduled GOP debate, and host Fox plans to restrict it to the top 10 candidates, based on polling average from the five most recent national polls.

The Republican field could approach 20 candidates, and that means logistical challenges.

The New Hampshire Republicans are suggesting in their letter to Fox News and the Republican National Committee that Fox split its debate into two panels.

Three of the top six candidates would be on one panel, and the other top three contenders would be on the second panel. The rest of the contenders would be assigned randomly to a panel.