Republican candidates prepare for presidential debate

FILE - In this June 16, 2015 file photo, Donald Trump announces he will run for president of the United States, in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. Trump’s been telling Americans for nearly three decades that he’s what they really need in the White House, a business-hardened dealmaker-in-chief. Now that he’s actually running for president, Trump gets to say it Thursday night from center stage and in prime-time as the top-polling candidate in the first Republican presidential debate of the 2016 campaign. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten Republican presidential candidates are preparing for the first big debate of the 2016 campaign Thursday night.

The other seven have to settle for an appearance at a pre-debate forum.

Donald Trump will have center stage. He gets the spot thanks to his top ranking in several recent national polls. Standing to Trump’s left will be former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be on his right. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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