Christie makes main stage for next GOP debate

LOUDON, NH - NOVEMBER 30: Republican Presidential candidate Chris Christie speaks during a town hall at the Louden Fire Department November 30, 2015 in Loudon, New Hampshire. Christie recently received the endorsement of the Manchester Union Leader, New Hampshires largest newspaper. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

LOUDON, NH – NOVEMBER 30: Republican Presidential candidate Chris Christie speaks during a town hall at the Louden Fire Department November 30, 2015 in Loudon, New Hampshire. Christie recently received the endorsement of the Manchester Union Leader, New Hampshires largest newspaper. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Chris Christie is returning to the big kids’ table.
CNN on Sunday announced the lineup for the fifth presidential debate in Las Vegas on Tuesday – the last GOP debate of 2015.
Candidates participating in the primetime debate include real estate mogul Donald Trump, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.
The lineup is good news for Christie, who had been knocked from the main stage for the last GOP debate, but has seen his standing in presidential polls rise in recent weeks.
In a story on its website, CNN said it considered “live interviewer national and state surveys by ABC News, Bloomberg News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, Gallup, Marist University, McClatchy News Service, Monmouth News Service, NBC News, The New York Times, Pew Research Center, Quinnipiac University, Time, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Des Moines Register, the University of New Hampshire, WBUR and WMUR” when selecting the lineup.
Candidates selected for the earlier debate session, featuring lower-polling contenders, include former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and former New York Gov. George Pataki, according to CNN.
The primetime debate begins at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

Christie makes main stage for next GOP debate