Good news and bad news for Gov. Bobby Jindal as the first Republican presidential debate looms next week: The pre-show "forum" for the second-tier candidates (Jindal's poll numbers currently put him out of the top 10, which is the cutoff point for the debate) has been cut from 90 minutes to only an hour. But Fox News has decided to air it directly before the main debate itself, which may give Jindal and the other slow starters some extra exposure.
Which candidate appears in which forum will be decided Aug. 4, but Jindal's numbers are unlikely to go higher than the 1 to 2 percent he's shown in most national polls. A Public Policy Polling survey conducted last week showed his support at 1 percent. Should his campaign survive, he may have time to appear with the big guns; the Republican National Committee has set nine debates between August and March 2016.
The first debate will take place in Cleveland Aug. 6 and will air on Fox News at 5 p.m. New Orleans time. The pre-debate forum will begin at 4 p.m.