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Long-shot GOP primary challengers to have their own debate this month – minus Trump


Former Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld and former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford have been invited to participate in a debate Sept. 24 (Getty)

The three long-shot challengers taking on President Trump in the 2020 primaries are expected to face-off in their own debate later this month.


Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford and former Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois have been invited by Business Insider to participate in a debate Sept. 24.


Weld and Walsh’s campaigns told Fox News they would be attending the debate. Sanford’s campaign was optimistic its candidate would also take the stage as long as a scheduling conflict was resolved.


Business Insider told Fox News that the debate will be streamed live on Business Insider Today, their daily news show on Facebook Watch. They added that the president -- who has derided his primary opponents as the "Three Stooges" -- was invited to participate but has not responded.


“The political landscape has changed immeasurably since Donald Trump ran for and was elected president," said Nicholas Carlson, the global editor-in-chief of Insider Inc. "It’s vitally important to have an honest conversation about what it means to be a Republican in the era of Trump; our debate will be a valuable part of that discussion."


An optimistic Weld told Fox News that “we already have our first televised debate signed up for and that’s going to add a new dimension to the race and I think it’s going to be harder and harder for the Trump forces to ignore the fact that 2020 is an election year.”


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