Trump's GOP challengers to debate in Nashville

Trump's GOP challengers to debate in Nashville
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE's three Republican primary challengers will debate on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn., organizers announced. 

The debate and conversation with former South Carolina Gov. Mark SanfordMark SanfordThe Hill's Campaign Report: Late bids surprise 2020 Democratic field Michigan GOP attempting to have Trump be only Republican candidate on ballot Weld files to run in GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire MORE (R), former Rep. Joe WalshJoe WalshMichigan GOP attempting to have Trump be only Republican candidate on ballot Weld files to run in GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire Mark Sanford exits GOP presidential primary MORE (R-Ill.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldMichigan GOP attempting to have Trump be only Republican candidate on ballot Weld files to run in GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump demands Bidens testify MORE (R) will take place at 11 a.m. at the Politicon political convention, officials said.  

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"Join Gov. Bill Weld, Gov. Mark Sanford, and Rep. Joe Walsh as they discuss 2020 and the future of the republic. Is President Trump listening?" organizers asked on the convention website.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump was invited to the debate.

Allies of the president, including former press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersBill Press: Mulvaney proves need for daily briefings White House correspondent April Ryan to moderate fundraising event for Buttigieg White House press secretary defends lack of daily briefings: Trump 'is the most accessible president in history' MORE Sanders and Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityFox's Neil Cavuto rips into Trump over attacks on Chris Wallace's impeachment coverage Graham: Senate trial 'must expose the whistleblower' Graham says Schiff should be a witness in Trump impeachment trial MORE, are also slated to attend the conference, but will not participate in the debate. 

Walsh and Weld previously debated last month. Moderators of that event said Trump did not respond to their invitation and that Sanford had a scheduling conflict. 

Weld, Walsh and Sanford face an uphill battle in their quest for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination. Trump has enjoyed broad support from Republicans in recent polls and a few states have canceled their GOP primary contests, sparking criticism from the challengers.