CNN prepares a super-sized 3-hour debate, and Donald Trump is already complaining

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. -- Tonight's main stage Republican presidential debate begins at 8 p.m. Eastern. Word here is that it will go all the way until 11 p.m., a three-hour, 11-candidate marathon.

The Fox News debate in Cleveland only lasted two hours, but a record surge of 24 million viewers showed just how much interest there is in this race. CNN is reportedly charging $200,000 for a 30-second ad -- 40 times its normal rate. Now it will get an extra hour's worth.

The man at center stage, Donald Trump, griped about the extra long session on Twitter.

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.

About the Author

X