Details released on first GOP presidential debate

At least five candidates are expected to participate in a GOP presidential debate in South Carolina next month.

South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Karen Floyd issued a statement today about the “First in the South Presidential Primary Debate.” The state party is sponsoring the debate with Fox News May 5 in Greenville, S.C.

The party said it expects the following participants, with more likely to follow: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

To be eligible for participation in its debate, the party said candidates must, “register a presidential exploratory committee or presidential campaign with the Federal Elections Commission, file paperwork to be placed on the ballot in South Carolina, pay associated state and federal filing fees, and meet national polling criteria consistent with what was used in the 2007 Fox-SCGOP debate.”

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