Fox News' pre-GOP debate 'forum' — what is it?

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Candidates who aren't included on stage next week for the first Republican presidential primary debate have the option of participating in a less glamorous alternative, but about a week before the event takes place, no one knows exactly what that alternative is.

Debate House Fox is calling it a "forum," which will take place at 5 p.m. ET, four hours ahead of the primetime debate. Other than saying that it's open to the candidates who poll below 1 percent and that it will be moderated by Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum, Fox has released few other details.

A Fox spokesperson did not return a request for comment.

The forum was created as a consolation prize for the candidates who do not meet the standards to be included in the debate, which is reserved for those polling in the top 10 of an average of national polls. As of now, based on some polls, it looks like former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham are likely to be relegated to the forum, along with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.