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Rand Paul on Main Debate Stage After Poll Movement, CNN Says

  • Paul joins eight other Republicans in top tier for Dec. 15
  • Chris Christie rejoins main forum after rise in New Hampshire
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks to guests gathered for the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Dinner at the Iowa Events Center on May 16, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks to guests gathered for the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Dinner at the Iowa Events Center on May 16, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Photographer: Scott Olson/Getty Images

U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky will be on the prime-time stage for the next Republican presidential debate on Dec. 15, sponsor CNN announced Sunday.

Donald Trump, who’s spent much of the primary race atop polls of the party’s crowded 2016 field, will again be at the center podium for the debate in Las Vegas. He’ll be flanked by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.