The kids' table 儿童桌
The implication of the term kids' table or kiddie table is that the candidates in the early meeting have not yet grown up enough to be included among the adults in the primetime debate. Ironically, though, the level of discussion in the early debates has often been judged to be more thoughtful and substantive than that in the main event, perhaps due to the smaller number of voices and the less manic atmosphere.
[Carly Fiorina's] dominant showing at the ‘kid's table' in the first GOP debate earned her a spot at the main event for the second.
——Atlantic Online, 17 November, 2015
The happy hour debate 欢乐时光辩论
Senator Lindsay Graham, who has yet to grace the main stage this year, is credited with coining the term ‘happy hour debate', alluding to the late afternoon starting time of the event. To judge from the shockingly high number of Google hits for ‘republican debate drinking game', many Americans are taking the notion of a happy hour debate literally.
共和党参议员格雷厄姆尚未在辩论中有什么出彩的表现，不过，他还是有一个贡献，那就是造出了“欢乐时光辩论”(happy hour debate)这个词，借此暗指辩论在午后开始的时间。从谷歌搜索中有关“共和党辩论喝酒游戏”的大量惊人数据来看，很多美国人都把这个“欢乐时光”当真了。
Well, when I'm in the first debate, which is the happy hour debate, at five o'clock, start drinking. By nine o'clock, Donald may make sense to you if you drink enough.
——Senator Lindsay Graham, 1 August 2015