The third Republican presidential debate, televised by CNBC on Oct. 28, will include 10 of the 11 candidates from the second debate that took place Sept. 16 on CNN.
Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin will not be in attendance at the third debate since he dropped out of the GOP race shortly after the last debate, The Hill reports.
Center stage at the debate will be front-runner and billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump, with retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, the second place candidate, to his side.
The other eight candidates joining Trump and Carson will be Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.
A happy hour debate, featuring candidates polling below an average of 2.5 percent, but who have at least 1 percent in any qualifying poll, will also take place. It will include former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former New York Gov. George Pataki, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
Former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore did not qualify to participate in this debate, just as he did not for the one in September.
When making the announcement of who would be participating in the main GOP debate, CNBC chose to tweet a photo featuring each candidate displayed as a caricature.
The opportunity to make a joke by Twitter users was not overlooked.
“So this will be animated characters debating?” graphic designer J.C. Burns tweeted in reply.
“Not sure about #CNBCGOPDebate logo. Trump’s hair too staid. Carly looks like Starbucks-to-go,” Bill Whalen, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, tweeted.
“Is there a reason to turn them into cartoon figure beside to make a joke of them and your debate?” Twitter user Steve wrote in response to the image.
“Christie looks like superman and it appears Fiorina has a bow in her hair!” journalist Hattie Kauffman tweeted.
“Those graphics are hilarious, but I’m not sure that was your intention,” user Michi tweeted to CNBC.
Twitter users also commented on the large number of Republican candidates, with some calling for more drop-outs from the race, and others questioning whether a two-hour debate could achieve anything with so little time for each individual to speak.
In order to decide what candidates would participate in the debates on Oct. 28, CNBC used an average of qualifying polls from the major broadcast networks and Bloomberg from Sept. 17 through Oct. 21, according to The Hill.
Christie, Kasich and Paul scored the lowest of the top 10 candidates and barely made the cut for the debate. Graham also nearly did not qualify, until he made a showing on three of the final polls, making him eligible for the second-tier debate.
The CNBC debate will take place on Oct. 28 at the University of Colorado-Boulder, with moderators John Harwood, Becky Quick and Carl Quintanilla.