3rd Republican presidential debate to be capped at 2 hours, include closing

3rd Republican presidential debate to be capped at 2 hours, include closing

Mr. Trump defended his position on debates and said he would be willing to debate for hours on end, assuming anyone could watch for that long.

CNBC's plan for the upcoming Boulder, Colorado, debate was to nix the traditional opening and closing statements.

The debate will now be two hours long, including commercials. The two-hour running time will now include commercial breaks and opening and closing statements for each candidate.

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson succeeded in strong-arming CNBC into shortening the next Republican primary debate, according to a tweet from Trump early Friday morning. The 2015 CNN Republican debate lasted almost three hours.

CNBC spokesman Brian Steel said in a statement that the network was aiming to host "the most substantive debate possible", but was open to changing the format.

Trump leads second-place Ben Carson 38 percent to 22 percent in Nevada, and in South Carolina is beating Carson by a margin of 36 percent to 18 percent. Fantastic news for all, especially the millions of people who will be watching!' "To be number one in every poll, both state and national, and to have spent the least amount of dollars of any serious candidate is a testament to what I can do for America".

But, appearing on Fox News Sunday, he also boasted how well CNN's debate had done in the ratings. "She is the quintessential professional member of the political class. I think what we can expect her to do is play that gender card over and over and over." The Hill.

The report also revealed more than $35,000 of spending on direct mail in Iowa and New Hampshire, $13,000 for bumper stickers and $6,000 in payments to a Virginia company for radio media placements for a campaign that so far has avoided making major ad buys.

Fiorina added that the hopefuls' desire to have prepared opening and closing statements indicates that they are in fact politicians.

30, Trump's campaign says it received 73,942 unsolicited donations, pumping $3.8 million USA ($4.9 million CAD) into his campaign coffers.

"Who wants to watch a debate for three hours?" When we look at the Rejection Index, 68 percent of voters are unlikely to support Carson, while three-quarters reject Trump and almost 90 percent reject Fiorina. "They're doing it because they want to make more money..." If they're smart they'll do two hours with Trump and Carson.