Fox News has revealed the ten big name Republicans who will be on stage for the first official GOP debate in Cleveland on Thursday night, as Republican Party takes the first real step on the road to the 2016 race for the White House.
Here are the ten candidates who made the main debate, which will be held at 9 pm ET on Thursday night:
Left out of the debate – but extended an invitation for an earlier candidate “forum” will be Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Carly Fiorina, Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki and Jim Gilmore.
Maybe the most excited was the Governor of Ohio, John Kasich, who only made his bid for the GOP nomination official two weeks ago – and yet, he was able to edge his way into the debate.
Republicans will debate on Thursday in Cleveland, in September in California, Colorado in October, Wisconsin in November and Nevada in December; Democrats have yet to set any 2015 or 2016 debates for their candidates.