Top 10 GOP candidates square off in Republican presidential debate

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The stage for the Republican presidential primary debate is seen at the Quicken Loans Arena on August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Getty Images)

CLEVELAND – The leading Republican candidates will take the stage at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Thursday night, in hopes of swaying voters in the presidential primaries.

Standing at the center podium will be frontrunner and businessman Donald Trump. He’ll be flanked by other top candidates, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, for the debate. It airs at 6 p.m. on the Fox News Channel.

Moderators Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier will have tough questions for the 10 leading Republican candidates. That includes Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who claimed the last spot for the prime-time debate.

“As governor, I am glad to welcome my fellow debate participants to our great state. I look forward to discussing the issues facing our country with you on Thursday. Until then I hope everyone enjoys themselves in Cleveland,” Kasich said.

Retired physician Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Gov. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also qualified. The other seven candidates were invited to a forum held earlier Thursday evening.

The candidates’ rankings were determined by an average of polls from Fox News, Bloomberg, CBS News, Monmouth University and Quinnipiac University.

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