With the polling race in South Carolina coming to an end soon, the GOP candidates will lay out their proposals for South Carolinians one more time in a CNN town hall hosted by CNN. Anderson Cooper will moderate the event over two days, with John Kasich, Jeb Bush and Donald Trump appearing tonight starting at 8 p.m. Eastern.
TOWN HALL PREVIEW:
The event comes just four days before the South Carolina primary. With a wide GOP field, candidates have had trouble getting enough time to speak in the traditional debate format. Here, we’ll get to see the candidates lay out more detailed proposals in response to audience questions. Here’s a short list of possible topics.
- GOP contentiousness: Trump and Bush have been at each other’s throats throughout the campaign, with John Kasich calling for civility in the most recent debate. Expect questions on how the candidates conduct themselves.
- Nikki Haley: The State of the Union responder endorsed Rubio Wednesday. She’s a popular figure in South Carolina and has been mentioned in the VP conversation. Don’t be surprised if she comes up tonight, especially in light of Bush’s sparring with Rubio.
- Last chances: Bush and Kasich are struggling outside South Carolina, a state where Bush has bet heavily. They’ll both be asked about the future of their campaign in the face of a disappointing finish in the state.
Here’s what you need to know:
DATE: February 18, 2016
TIME: 8 p.m. Eastern
HOST: Anderson Cooper
LIVESTREAM: Click here for all the livestream details.
GOP Primary & Debate Schedule
Texas: February 26, CNN
Location TBD: March 2016, Fox News
Florida: Date TBD, CNN/Salem Radio
South Carolina: February 20
Nevada: February 23
Super Tuesday (Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Dakota, Oklahoma,
Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Wyoming): March 1
Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine: March 5
Puerto Rico: March 6
Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi: March 8
Guam, Washington, D.C.: March 12
Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio: March 15
Virgin Islands: March 19
American Samoa, Arizona, Utah: March 22
Wisconsin: April 5
Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island: April 26
Indiana: May 3
Nebraska, West Virginia: May 10
Oregon: May 17
Washington: May 24
California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota: June 7