Trump's GOP challengers to debate in Nashville

Trump's GOP challengers to debate in Nashville
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President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? 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 SanfordCheney set to be face of anti-Trump GOP GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote Lobbying world MORE (R), former Rep. Joe WalshJoe WalshThe Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? GOP lawmakers mourn death of Rush Limbaugh Sacha Baron Cohen pens op-ed on the dangers of conspiracy theories MORE (R-Ill.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill WeldWilliam (Bill) WeldThe Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Ralph Gants, chief justice of Massachusetts supreme court, dies at 65 The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden visits Kenosha | Trump's double-voting suggestion draws fire | Facebook clamps down on election ads MORE (R) will take place at 11 a.m. at the Politicon political convention, officials said.  


"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 SandersAndrew Giuliani planning run for New York governor Trump appears at Sarah Huckabee Sanders campaign event Trump likely to form new super PAC MORE Sanders and Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityJenner says she didn't vote in 2020: 'I just couldn't get excited about it' White House says Biden won't 'underestimate Trump' if he runs in 2024 McConnell safe in power, despite Trump's wrath 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.