WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The first debates for Republican presidential candidates will take place on Thursday, and much of the focus will be on Donald Trump, who owns an estate in Bedford, and who will be the center of attention in the prime-time 9 p.m. debate of the 10 leading contenders.
Trump has garnered national attention for making harsh statements about immigration and attacks aimed at major Republican figures like Rick Perry and Sen. John McCain. Several campaign strategists, however, expect Trump to remain on a higher road come debate time, Politico reported.
Fox News, the network hosting and televising the debate, is still preparing for the worst and hopes to strictly enforce time limits in an effort to keep the billionaire from taking over the debate, Politico said.
Peekskill native George Pataki will not participate in the main debate, but will have a chance speak during a 5 p.m. "undercard" debate with the candidates who didn't qualify for the primetime event.
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