Columbia , S.C. (WOLO) — The eyes of the political world are on South Carolina Thursday night. The 7 top republican candidates will take place in a prime time debate in North Charleston. The remaining candidates will debate in an earlier debate.
In the first political debate of 2016, 7 republican presidential candidates will take the primetime stage in North Charleston, including front-runner Donald Trump. Trump leads most polls slightly ahead of Senator Ted Cruz, who is recently under fire for failing to disclose bank loans.
“If it was the case they were not filed exactly as the FEC requires then we’ll amend the filings but all the info has been public and transparent for many years,” explained Senator Cruz.
John Kasich, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson and Jeb Bush will round out the primetime show-down, while Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum will square off in the earlier debate.
“I think the debates are going to be filled with fireworks,” said Gov. Mike Huckabee.
Ahead of Thursday’s contest, many of the Republican candidates made campaign stops across the state, including Huckabee and Santorum who stopped in the midlands to lay out their campaign agendas.
“Social security is not welfare, it is not an entitlement, it is your money that was involuntarily taken out of your check and it absolutely needs to be protected and given to you in full,” said Huckabee.
“The American public if you want to stop these folks from spreading terror and terrorizing not just Paris and not just San Bernardino but a lot of other places that are to come then I would appreciate your vote,” said Santorum.
With the First in the South Primary just a few weeks away, South Carolina voters are looking for the Republican candidates to distinguish themselves on stage.
“I just like to see substance papers come out with each candidate on what they are going to do not generalities,” said Columbia resident Michael Blackwell.
Thursday night’s debate will be hosted by Fox Business Network at 9 pm. The Democratic debate will be held on Sunday, January 17th in Charleston.