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Stuart Varney, Dana Perino, and Ilia Calderón to Co-Moderate Second GOP Presidential Primary Debate

Stuart Varney, Dana Perino, and Ilia Calderón

Last updated on September 27th, 2023 at 03:44 am

The stage is set for the second Republican presidential primary debate, with FOX News Media’s Stuart Varney and Dana Perino joining Univision’s Ilia Calderón as co-moderators for the event. 

The debate, scheduled for September 27, will take place at the historic Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

FOX News Media President and Executive Editor Jay Wallace expressed pride in the choice of moderators, stating, “We are very proud to have Stuart Varney and Dana Perino co-moderating the second debate with Univision to provide Americans with a comprehensive view of the qualifying candidates vying for the Republican nomination for president.

Ilia Calderón, who Fox Business bills as “the first Afro-Latina to anchor an evening newscast for a major broadcast network in the United States,” brings a unique perspective to the debate. 

However, her past social media posts have drawn attention for their far-left bias. In 2018, Calderón commented on X (formerly Twitter), suggesting that then-President Trump’s opposition to mass immigration was motivated by a desire to prevent whites from losing their majority status.

Despite her social media history, Calderón has conducted interviews with prominent political figures, including President Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The second GOP debate is scheduled to air from 9 pm through 11 pm on Fox Business News and Fox News Channel, with a live stream simulcast on Fox Nation. For Spanish-speaking viewers, the debate will exclusively air on UNIVISION.

Seven candidates have already qualified for the debate, including former President Donald Trump. However, Trump has indicated that he is unlikely to attend, stating his decision not to participate in the first two debates.

A recent Economist-YouGov survey revealed interesting sentiments among Republican voters regarding Trump’s debate participation. While 61% of Republicans approved of Trump’s decision to skip the August 23 debate in Milwaukee, a majority—57%—believe that Trump should participate in the upcoming second debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Only 17% said he should not, and 26% remained unsure.
As the date of the debate draws near, all eyes will be on the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, where the co-moderators and the participating candidates will engage in a critical discussion of the issues shaping the 2024 Republican presidential primary.

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