|Neil Cavuto, Maria Bartiromo|
During the CNBC debate, Ted Cruz thundered at the moderators: "This isn't a cage match" at one point, accusing them of focusing on loaded, negative questions. Afterwards, many of the campaigns ganged up on the RNC. As a result, the RNC suspended plans to partner with sister network NBC News on a February debate.
FBN will allow more time for answers than at previous debates and will utilize a bell to signify when time is up, which should at least make it easier for the moderators to keep the stage under control. The network is also planning to keep close track of how long each candidate is speaking in order to insure equal time
Cavuto warned that tonight's debate will be a serious discussion about issues and that Fox Business won't become a character in the campaign soap opera. "Don't trivialize this, don't 'gotcha' this, don't make this into something it's not. It's a debate on economic issues, it's not Access Hollywood." (they should ask Carson about his bio stories, however - regardless)