The upcoming Republican presidential primary debate has already had its fair share of controversy–from debate length to not letting students attend the event.
Last week, CNBC said that it would eliminate opening statements for the debate, and saw backlash from Donald Trump and Ben Carson. Both candidates threatened to boycott the debate, unless CNBC restored the original format.
Carson and Trump also demand the debate not go over two hours.
On Friday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus tweeted that an agreement had been made between the candidates and the network.
As a compromise, each candidate will have the opportunity to answer a single, open-ended question at the beginning of the debate, and each candidate will be allotted 30-seconds for a closing statement.
Trump tweeted the good news — that the next debate will only last two hours.
.@CNBC has just agreed that the debate will be TWO HOURS. Fantastic news for all, especially the millions of people who will be watching!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2015
“Our goal is to host the most substantive debate possible,” a network spokesman said in a statement on Thursday. “Our practice in the past has been to forego opening statements to allow more time to address the critical issues that matter most to the American people. We started a dialogue yesterday with all of the campaigns involved and we will certainly take the candidates’ views on the format into consideration as we finalize the debate structure.”
Candidates that hold an average of at least 3 percent in major polls will be included in the primetime debate.
The debate will be held at the University of Colorado Boulder.
UC students have made national headlines for plans to hold their own broadcast focused on millennial engagement. Student Voices Count, a group that has called on event organizers to open up seating to more students, will be sponsoring the broadcast that, they say, will feature journalists from around the country.
The Student Voices Count group told Red Alert Politics that both the Boulder County Republicans and Democrats have signed a joint letter supporting the group.