Behind the sixth Republican debate with photographer Mark Peterson
Seven Republican candidates are set to clash in the sixth GOP presidential debate Thursday night, hosted by FOX Business in North Charleston, South Carolina. The debate, slated to begin at 9 p.m. ET, will feature Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and John Kasich.
Another four candidates who did not meet the network’s public polling requirements qualified for an undercard debate at 6 p.m. ET: Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. But Paul has announced that he will boycott the event, accusing the network and the RNC of picking winners and losers in the GOP field.
These photographs were shot on assignment by photographer Mark Peterson for MSNBC Photography as part of his on-going body of work “Political Theater” which examines the landscape of the American political system.