PREPARE YOURSELVES, READERS—for debate season is nigh, and Fox News has just released the names of the ten lucky men who will be participating in the first Republican primary debate of the 2016 cycle.

My use of the word “men” is justifiable here—Carly Fiorina didn’t make the cut. Here’s the field:

  • Donald Trump
  • Jeb Bush
  • Scott Walker
  • Mike Huckabee
  • Ben Carson
  • Ted Cruz
  • Marco Rubio
  • Rand Paul
  • John Kasich
  • Chris Christie

Questions? Concerns? Let loose in the comments! This is going to be one barn burner of a debate.

Fox used a selection of national polls to help narrow the field:

As for Perry, Fiorina, and the rest of the candidates, they’ll be featured in a pre-debate forum before the prime time event. More from USA Today:

Perry finished 11th in the aggregate of polls Fox used to determine the field. That relegated the former Texas governor to a 5 p.m. debate on Thursday with other candidates outside the top 10: Rick Santorum, Carly Fiorina, Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Jim Gilmore.

Perry’s absence from the prime time debate eliminates one of the party’s most outspoken critics of Trump, the brash billionaire who is leading Republican preference polls.

“Regardless of where we are on the debate, whether it’s the 5:00 or the 9:00 debate, it’s going to be with some very substantial people,” Perry told Fox Business Network before the final lineups were announced.

Twitter is having a field day with the selection:

Jonah Goldberg may have had a good idea about how to whittle down the field even further…


Donations tax deductible
to the full extent allowed by law.