What time is GOP Republican debate tonight on CNN, Feb 25: Schedule, TV channel and all you need to know
Next Republican debate is going to be very stormy. After better than expected performance by Donald Trump in Tuesdayâ€™s Nevada GOP caucuses, the GOP debate is going to become all the more aggressive.
A major change that is visible among the Republican contenders is the rising acceptability of Marco Rubio. With Jeb Bushâ€™s exit from the presidential nomination race, Marco Rubio seems to be getting the backing of the voters who were behind Jeb Bush.
His impressive performance in Nevada caucus where he got close to 30 percent votes seem to be a great news for Republican establishment that once stood solidly against a â€˜lifelessâ€™ and boring Jeb Bush.
On the other hand, Ted Cruz is increasingly being eclipsed by the billionaire businessman Donald Trump. There is no denying the fact that both, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz seem to attract the same people. With Trumpâ€™s chances brightening as he has won three states in a row, Ted Cruz fans seem to be abandoning him in droves.
The next debate is taking place at a time when things are becoming clear. The next Republican debate will also be the last before the March 1 Super Tuesday primary extravaganza, in which 11 states will hold primary elections or caucuses on the Republican side of the campaign â€” with 595 delegates on offer. To win the GOP nomination requires 1,237 delegates.
Now the real fight is between Donald Trump, Marco Rubio â€“the favorite of Republican establishment â€“ and Ted Cruz. On the other hand Ohio Governor John Kasich and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson will remain the part of the debate on 25th February and they will also share the debate stage with Trump, Rubio and Cruz.
Meanwhile real estate czar Donald Trump’s decisive win in Nevada is certainly going to further frustrate Republican establishment figures who, less than a month ago, were hoping that the outspoken billionaire’s insurgent candidacy was stalled after he lost the opening nominating contest in Iowa to Cruz. But since then, Trump has tallied wins in New Hampshire, South Carolina, and now Nevada, with a suite of southern states ahead on March 1, so-called Super Tuesday.
In his victory speech Trump said, “If you listen to the pundits, we weren’t expected to win too much, and now we’re winning, winning, winning the countryâ€. Polls suggest Trump will do well in many of those Super Tuesday states, placing further pressure on Cruz, Rubio, and Ohio Governor John Kasich, another presidential candidate who was not a factor in Nevada, to come up with counter-measures quickly.
Now the next debate will give an opportunity to Trump opponents to pin him down. O’Connell, a Republican strategist in Washington says, “These guys have to figure out how to turn their fire on Trumpâ€¦Which one is going to get out of this field?”Â The next Republican debate will be hosted by CNN and Telemundo, and moderated by CNN Situation Room anchor, Wolf Blitzer. The debate goes live at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time, on Thursday, February 25, 5:30 p.m. Pacific, and will be streamed live by CNN Go at this link.