The primary 2024 Republican presidential debate is ready to kick off in Milwaukee. Observe stay updates


A former president Donald Trump supporter stands close to the Fiserv Discussion board as arrange continues for the upcoming Republican presidential debate Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2023, in Milwaukee. (AP Picture/Morry Gash) AP

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Observe alongside for stay updates on the primary 2024 Republican presidential debate, which kicks off at 9 p.m. ET. The sector’s early front-runner, Donald Trump, is skipping the occasion in favor of an interview with Tucker Carlson as a substitute.

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Doug Burgum is a go.

The North Dakota governor will take part in Wednesday night time’s Republican presidential debate after injuring his Achilles tendon throughout a basketball recreation, he confirmed on social media.

“I’m in,” he wrote in a submit on X, the platform previously referred to as Twitter. He included a photograph of himself strolling with crutches on to the talk stage. He wore a boot on his left foot.

Burgum did a walk-through of the stage on his injured leg earlier Wednesday to check whether or not he would have the ability to attend. He harm his Achilles the day earlier than.

President Joe Biden says he’s plans to take a break from trip to observe the primary Republican presidential debate, contradicting earlier White Home remark hoping he would possibly keep away from it.

On Wednesday, the president and first woman traveled to Pelo Canine Pilates and Indoor Biking Boutique in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Chatting with reporters as he left the boutique, the president was requested about watching the GOP debate going down hours later in Milwaukee. “I’m going to attempt to see — get as a lot as I can, sure,” he stated.

Requested about his expectations, he responded, “I’ve none.”

Biden has nothing on his public schedule for the remainder of the week after touring to Hawaii on Monday to survey wildfire injury. Whereas flying there aboard Air Drive One, deputy White Home press secretary Olivia Dalton was requested if Biden deliberate to observe the talk and responded, “I don’t know. I certain hope not.”

“I hope for his sake,” Dalton added. “So, however I don’t know, really.”

Former Fox Information host Tucker Carlson’s interview with Donald Trump will air at 8:55 p.m. Jap time, simply minutes earlier than the primary Republican presidential debate begins.

Carlson says his interview with Trump shall be posted on X, the social media platform previously referred to as Twitter. The interview with the early 2024 Republican presidential front-runner was prerecorded.

Trump indicated for months that he would seemingly skip the primary GOP debate, questioning why he ought to seem in the identical discussion board as candidates trailing far behind him in polls.

His transfer additionally serves the aim of jabbing at debate host Fox Information, which he has criticized as being disloyal to him. Trump’s absence from the talk is broadly anticipated to convey down viewers numbers.

The primary Republican presidential debate was anticipated to be North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum’s introduction to the nationwide stage, however his attendance is now unsure after an damage.

Burgum harm his Achilles tendon taking part in basketball with members of his marketing campaign workers on Tuesday and was taken to the emergency room.

He plans to do a walk-through of the stage on his injured leg Wednesday after which assess together with his marketing campaign if he can do the talk.


Related Press writers Sara Burnett in Milwaukee; Jill Colvin in New York; and Will Weissert in Washington contributed to this report.