Last updated on November 9th, 2023 at 10:36 pm
Tonight, Miami takes center stage in the political arena as five Republican candidates prepare to engage in the third GOP presidential debate at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The debate, airing from 8 to 10 p.m. EST, will be a crucial platform for the candidates to present their visions and policies to the nation.
“We are looking forward to our third debate in Miami, a welcome opportunity for our candidates to showcase our winning conservative agenda to the American people. We are especially honored to be the first political party to partner with a Jewish organization for a debate in our partnership with the Republican Jewish Coalition, and our candidates will reaffirm the Republican Party’s unwavering support of Israel and the Jewish community on the stage Wednesday night.” – RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
5 Candidates on the Miami Stage:
The debate will feature Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Each candidate will be vying for the spotlight, aiming to make an impact on voters.
The event will be moderated by NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Kristen Welker, “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt, and radio host Hugh Hewitt. The debate promises to be a dynamic exchange of ideas and policies. The candidates will likely address key issues such as the economy, healthcare, and national security.
Third GOP Debate Details:
Date and Time: The debate is scheduled for November 8, from 8-10 p.m. EST
Location: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
Moderator: NBC’s Lester Holt and Kristen Welker, along with radio host Hugh Hewitt
Sponsors: NBC News, Salem Media
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Third Republican Presidential Debate Focus:
Foreign policy is expected to dominate the discussions, with particular attention on the Israel-Hamas conflict. As David Kochel, a seasoned Republican strategist, notes, “Even if [Trump’s] not on the stage… it’s worth it. Because if this race does get much more quickly down to a two-person race, who knows what the dynamic will be?”
How to Watch the Third GOP Debate in Miami:
Viewers can tune in to NBC to watch the debate live. It will also be streamed on NBC News Now, NBCNews.com, and the Noticias Telemundo website, with real-time Spanish translations available. Additionally, the debate will be live-streamed on Rumble, catering to a conservative audience.
Republican Miami Debate Traffic Alert
Residents and visitors in Miami should anticipate increased traffic around the Arsht Center and plan their routes accordingly. The Miami Herald advises avoiding Biscayne Boulevard and opting for alternative routes during the evening.
Trump’s Counterprogramming Rally in Hialeah:
Former President Donald Trump, maintaining his lead in the polls, has opted to hold a rally in Hialeah, Florida, at the same time as the debate. His absence from the debate stage for the third time this primary season is a strategic move, as he continues to draw significant attention and support. Trump’s rally starts at 7 p.m. at Ted Hendricks Stadium at Henry Milander Park, 4700 Palm Ave. in Hialeah.
From the campaign trail, Governor DeSantis challenged Trump’s decision to skip the debate, saying, “Can he summon the courage to show up to the debate?” His campaign has capitalized on this by selling golf balls emblazoned with the phrase, “Ron DeSantis has a pair.”
What to Know About Today’s Debate:
The debate comes at a time when the Republican field is working to define itself in the shadow of Trump’s influence. With the former president’s rally happening concurrently, the candidates on stage will have to work harder to capture the attention of the electorate.
As the candidates take the stage tonight, the political world will be watching closely to see who can break through the noise and establish themselves as a leading contender for the Republican nomination.