2016 Fox News Presidential Debate
Fox News is hosting its first Republican Presidential Debate live stream of 2016 on Thursday, January 28 starting at 4pm PT, 7pm ET. This GOP debate will take place at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa and will star Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Ben Carson, among others.
While the debate itself will be held at the Iowa, you don’t have to make an insanely long commute to watch it in person. In fact, Fox News will stream it online for free, no subscription needed via its website.
Announced earlier today, eight candidates have qualified for the main stage debate, including Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Ohio Governor John Kasich and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.
The earlier undercard debate will feature former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore.
In order to get into the main event, the candidate needed to place in the top six in an average of recent polls or in the top five in an average of recent Iowa or New Hampshire polls. The earlier debate has a much more lenient entry requirement of only 1% in at least one of the recent national polls.
How to watch the Fox News Presidential debate live stream
So, now that you know all the players and the restrictions to get in, only one question remains: how exactly do you tune in?
Well, thankfully, the answer here is a simple one. All you need to do is head over to Fox News’ website where a live stream will be available, for free, without a subscription.
The debate, by all accounts, should be a big one, as it’s one of the last times the candidates will take the stage before the Iowa caucuses, which represent the formal start to the Republican presidential nominations.
To stream the debate on all desktop devices head over to FOXNews.com and you should see a link to the debate once it begins.
Of course, if you’re looking for a more traditional way to watch the candidates dodge questions, you can tune into the Fox News TV channel and Fox New radio, as well as the Fox News Mobile and Fox News Go apps if you’ve got your mobile device around.
Fox News will also partner up with YouTube and Google this time around to offer real-time insights into the questions asked by the moderators via Google Trends, as well as additional questions from pre-chosen YouTube personalities.
OK, but how is this debate going to be different?
It will have Rand Paul, at least. Last time Paul’s campaign did not garner enough of popularity to make it into the primetime debate, leading the Kentucky Senator to completely forgo the entire event.
Trump has new scores to settle with Ted Cruz and one of the moderators, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, host of The Kelly File
The other big recent development was former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin endorsing Donald Trump, much to the chagrin of his opposition, while radio host Glenn Beck gave his nod to Ted Cruz.
But, admittedly, it won’t be long until the political wagons circle again on February 6 when ABC will have its shot at hosting the Republican presidential contenders.
The next Democratic Presidential debate takes place at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Thursday, Feb. 11, and will be hosted by PBS.
Continue on to the next page to read what happened at the last FBN Republican debate…
2016 Fox Business Presidential Debate
- Update: The second Fox Business Network Republican Presidential Debate full video replay is available to watch online below via YouTube.
Fox Business Network has tonight’s Republican Presidential Debate live stream, which is live streaming right now, and the candidates are now on stage in North Charleston, South Carolina.
This GOP debate, like the half-dozen before it, has been divided into two parts: the undercard debate, which is over, and the larger prime time debate, the currently has squabbling candidates like Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Ben Carson.
While the debate itself will be held at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center, you don’t have to make an insanely long commute to watch it in person. In fact, Fox Business Network will stream it online for free this time.
OK, but how is this debate going to be different?
For better or worse, there’ll be one less candidate at tonight’s event. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul did not meet the requirements set by Fox Business Network to participate in tonight’s undercard debate.
This is the first time Paul will not be attending a forum and, as you might expect, his team isn’t happy about it. Also missing from tonight’s event will be Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who recently announced that he would not continue his presidential campaign in order to pursue other avenues.
Without Jindal and Paul, only former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum will take the stage at 6pm ET, 3pm PT.
The bigger event, and the one most people will be interested in watching, doesn’t start for another three hours, however.
The primetime debate, which takes place at 9pm ET, 6pm PT, will star all of the key players in the upcoming Republican Primary. Namely, that includes Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Ohio Governor John Kasich.
Of course, that leads us to the other aspect that’s changed immensely during the last few weeks: the animosity towards Trump. Jeb Bush has, on more than one occasion, called Trump an uninformed jerk who, if elected president, would create a “global depression.”
Almost all candidates have taken a dig at Trump over the past few months of this election cycle though, standing at well over 30% in the polls (a full 15 percentage points higher than his closest competitor Marco Rubio), he doesn’t seem phased by the negative attention.
How to watch the Fox Business Presidential debate
So now you know all the players, which only leaves the big question: how exactly do you tune in? Unlike the last presidential debate held on FBN, this debate will be available to everyone, for free without a subscription to the network on all mobile and desktop devices.
To stream the debate, head over to FOXBusiness.com and you should see a link to the debate once it begins. Thankfully, Fox News and FBN both have a competent live streaming video player compared to the likes of CNN and especially MSNBC, so interruptions shouldn’t completely cripple the stream like what has happened in the past.
YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoGIyvAMCq0
If a live stream isn’t substantive enough, however, the network will reprise its partnership with Facebook to provide live debate content on the FBN’s Facebook page, including behind the scenes footage and moderator interviews.
Speaking of moderators, who’s running the debate?
The first FBN debate was lauded for sticking to the facts and tangible plans and not letting candidates dive too deeply into personal stories or use rhetoric to escape difficult questions.
So it’s good news then that the four original moderators will make their return tonight. Anchor and Managing Editor of Business News Neil Cavuto and Anchor and Global Markets Editor Maria Bartiromo will moderate the primetime debate at 6pm PT, while anchors Trish Regan and Sandra Smith will moderate the first debate at 3pm PT.
The next Republican Primary Debate will take place on January 28 on Fox News, while the next Democratic Primary Debate will take place on Sunday, January 17 on NBC.
Continue on to the next page to read what happened at the last FBN Republican debate…
Fox Business Network Presidential Debate
- Update: The Fox Business Network Republican Presidential Debate full video replay is available to watch online below via YouTube and the official Fox website.
Fox Business Network is hosting the Republican Presidential Debate live stream tonight, and if you watch it on television, online or in person in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, you’ll notice a few differences.
First, the debate going to focus on the economy, with questions about jobs, taxes and and fiscal discipline. This is where real estate mogul Donald Trump may excel, and surgeon Ben Carson could be tested.
Yes, this is the second Republican Presidential debate in a row to test the candidate’s economic prowess, but Fox promises a more substantive, anti-CNBC forum that doesn’t take pot shots at the people on stage.
Second, the candidates are changing, or at least becoming scarcer. Eight US Presidential hopefuls, instead of ten, will be a part of the main debate at 9pm ET, 5pm PT, while four are in the earlier debate.
Here’s how you can tune into the two debates happening tonight, and if you don’t get the channel, you can always call your cable company and… demand it.
How to watch the Fox Business Presidential debate live stream
Fox Business Network, or FNB, is requiring that you watch the debate on television, or at least have cable or satellite credentials to log into the live stream online through a computer or mobile device.
This requires knowing your (or a family member or friend’s) username and password. It’s behind what we like (or dislike) to call a cable gate, while the full video replay is typically free the next day.
We get it. That sucks, and we’re going to hear it in the comments, but that’s just how these people get paid until everyone adopts a new business model in the slowly changing word of cable television.
Here’s the best link to live stream the Fox Business debate. Fox News and FNB both have a competent live streaming video player compared to the likes of CNN and especially MSNBC. Your money well spent.
The other option to consider is the Fox Business app on iOS and Android. It’s available from the Apple App Store and Google Play Stores, respectively, and is a free download.
Like FBN’s website, you’ll need to authenticate your cable subscription before you get anywhere, but it’s a solid back-up solution in case you can’t get to a computer in time for tonight’s big event.
When did the Fox Business Presidential Debate start?
This is always a tricky question. It really depends on which debate you want to watch. The first debate, known as the undercard debate, started at 7pm ET and 4pm PT.
It was an hour later than other debates, which put it at a better time for everyone in the West coast of the US. The prime time debate ran a little later for everyone else on the East coast, though.
The main Presidential Debate live stream happened just two hours later. It kicked off at 9pm ET and 6pm PT, which, again, was an hour later than we’re used to and much appreciated from everyone watching in California and fighting traffic at that time.
Here’s the full video from the first half of tonight’s debate:
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Who’s in the Fox Business Presidential Debate start?
Tonight’s FNB debate is going to be different from every past debate because of the podium count on stage. Instead of ten candidates in the main debate, it’ll just be eight.
Gone are candidates current New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Governor Mike Huckabee, which are both demoted to the undercard debate at 7pm ET. This may or may not be a bad thing for them, with more time to shine on stage and answer questions. We’ll see tonight.
Left on stage are leaders business mogul Donald Trump, surgeon Ben Carson, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, current Florida Senator Marco Rubio, current Texas Senator Ted Cruz, current Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, current Ohio Governor John Kasich and former HP executive Carly Fiorina.
The undercard debate is made up of Christie, Huckabee, and current Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.
Gone from this initial, earlier debate are former New York Governor George Pataki, current South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and the rarely seen former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore.
Who’s moderating the debate?
You can look forward to what should be fair questions from the three Fox Business Network Republican Presidential debate moderators. The earlier debate will be moderated by Fox Business’ anchors Sandra Smith and Trish Regan, as well as Wall Street Journal Washington Bureau Chief Gerald Seib.
In the later debate, two of Fox Business Network anchors Maria Bartiromo and Neil Cavuto, will take up spots on the sidelines to pose questions to the candidates.
Bartiromo has a storied career in news broadcasting, getting her start at CNN Business News as a producer and assignment editor in 1988 before moving to CNBC where she stayed for nearly 20 years.
Neil Cavuto similarly has been working at Fox since 1996 and has held multiple roles including managing editor of business news and television anchor of Your World with Neil Cavuto on Fox News Channel in July 1996, later becoming a vice president of business news.
The last moderator of the later debate is Gerard Baker, the editor-in-chief of Wall Street Journal.
With candidates being shuffled into the earlier debate, and the prime time debate being more focused, this may be the night to watch on Fox Business Channel. Enjoy live streaming the video tonight.
Continue on from the previous CNBC debate highlights.
CNBC Republican Presidential Debate
Last night’s entire Republican Presidential Debate is embedded and broken down into five parts, showing the full two hours. Held in Boulder, Colorado, it included the likes of Donald Trump and Ben Carson, with CNBC moderators John Harwood, Becky Quick and Carl Quintanilla asking the questions.
New front-runner surgeon Ben Carson stood right next to business mogul Donald Trump, and what do you know, Trump didn’t give him one of those sly high-fives mid-debate this time.
Jeb Bush got in few words edge-wide, while fellow Floridian Marco Rubio and underdog Carly Fiorina had some memorable highlights you’ll see in the video. They debate all well, but need a boost (and to keep that bump) in national polls.
The five other candidates, Rand Paul, John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz and Chris Christie, tried to stand out on the Colorado stage during the two-hour debate, but the impact remains to be seen in polls.
What’s harder than appealing to voters in this packed list of candidates? Live streaming the Republican Presidential Debate on CNBC. The video player is more awkward than a politician’s attempt at a joke.
Here’s how to re-watch the CNBC debate.
CNBC Presidential Debate official video
You can replay the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate from last night through the financial network’s official website and apps. The full video is available on this page.
CNBC also broke down the two-hour debate into “best of” highlights, so you can re-watch the Trump one-liners and media bashing without having to scrub through the entire video.
- Donald Trump on getting Mexico to pay for border wall
- Marco Rubio: Democrats ultimate Super PAC is the mainstream media
- Rand Paul: Need to gradually increase Medicare, Social Security ages
- Carly Fiorina: Obama policies are bad for women
- Trump says people need to come to the US legally. Shocker!
- Rubio on his personal finances in relation to running a $17 trillion economy
- Paul worries about bankrupting Americans by constantly raising the debt ceiling
- Ted Cruz on his plan to cut taxes across the board, but more fairly
- Mike Huckabee thinks that even Trump would be a better President than Hillary
- Trump and John Kasich spar on differing immigration policies early in the debate
Presidential Debate full video on YouTube
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We’ll update more of the full video replay and add in highlights as they become available online.
How was the third debate different?
The stakes were definitely raised for the third Republican Presidential Debate. First off, only candidates with at least 3% of the votes in select polls were allowed to participate, cutting off a couple of candidates that participated in the earlier “happy hour” rounds of the last debates.
The early debate still happened, of course, for the candidates who hold only a single percentage in the polls and included Senator Lindsey Graham, Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor George Pataki and Senator Rick Santorum.
Next, and more importantly, the main debate was significantly shorter than any of the Republican debates held so far.
Republican front-runner Donald Trump teamed up with fellow poll-leader Ben Carson threatened not to show up if the debate went over two hours, including commercials, according to Bustle.
Wednesday’s debate focused more on the economy and the candidates’ plans for balancing the budget should they take over the Oval Office.
How to watch the CNBC presidential debate live stream
Here’s the bad news. While CNN played nice with viewers, the CNBC Presidential debate live stream wasn’t entirely free to watch online. It was only “free” if you’re paying for cable.
You needed a cable subscription because there’s a video paywall. CNBC was taking the low-road by keeping the event limited to paying cable subscribers and CNBC Pro members.
Wondering how you could’ve live streamed the debate? By authenticating your account via on CNBC.com, and then you were able to use the website, any of the CNBC mobile apps or the Apple TV.
Should you have lacked the components necessary to stream the event, there was always CNBC Pro, a paid subscription service that runs $29.99 per month.
If that sounds like a lot for one measly, yet all-important debate, you could have subscribed via the seven-day free trial, watched the debate and then ditched the service without ever being charged. Sort of like you did with Apple Music, you sneaky thing you.
Lastly, audiophiles could listen to the Presidential Debate, which aired on SiriusXM satellite radio channel 112 and Westwood One, the USA’s largest online radio network.
What’s coming up next?
If last night’s debate caught you off-guard, there are the next two debates coming during the month of November.
First up is another Republican debate on Tuesday, November 10. It will take place in Milwaukee of all places and will be hosted by the tag-team of Fox Business News and the Wall Street Journal.
On the other side of the party lines, the next Democratic debate will be broadcast from Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, November 14. That one will be available to watch and stream on CBS and CBS’s website.
Continue on to page two to see how the Dems faired at their last debate…
CNN Democratic Presidential Debate full video
Update: The CNN Democratic Presidential Debate full video has arrived through YouTube, while we wait for the cable network to upload the official debate video.
In case you missed the often-stumbling CNN live stream you can watch the full debate replay embedded below.
We’ll have more video highlights as the day goes on, and tell you how to prepare to watch the next Republican debate live stream video online.
YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7L9IvVv1lNs
The first Democratic Prime Time Presidential Debate on CNN was different than the Republican Presidential Debate that took place on the network last month that pit 14 presidential hopefuls against the unstoppable Donald Trump. For one, it was a lot smaller. The liberals only had two front-runners (former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders) – and a trio of underdogs vying for public recognition.
The event took place at the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Tuesday, October 13 at 8 pm EST (5 pm PST / 1 am BST). It was available on a half-dozen platforms: online for free, on your TV via cable, on CNN’s app on iOS and Android devices and, for the first time, in virtual reality thanks to a company called NextVR.
We’ll explain all the details of the stream in the section labeled “how to watch” below, but before we do we’ll recap the string of events leading up to Today’s big debate.
The stage is set
On debate day you’ll see five presidential hopefuls on stage. They include former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee.
The front-runner in most polls is Clinton, hovering around 50% of the tallied responses. She’s run into a bit of hot water recently over using a personal email account for government correspondence, but it seems this hasn’t really impacted her lead in a substantial way.
Bernie Sanders, the second place Democratic candidate, has a storied record of social justice, and is a self-proclaimed socialist. Sanders spends less than most presidential candidates on advertising, however, he has found a huge following on Reddit, oddly enough, which has garnered the senator around 20-30% in the polls.
The remaining candidates, O’Malley, Webb and Chafee, are sitting at around 1% in each of the polls conducted by political news sources like CNN and CNBC.
The wildcard in all this is current Vice President Joe Biden, who has alluded to plans that he might run for the office of the president, but has yet to commit to it in writing. Should Biden decide to join the race, he would almost certainly obtain the support needed to warrant a spot at the next debate which will be held on November 14 on CBS.
There’s one candidate who will not get to participate, though. Lawrence Lessig, a professor of law at Harvard, did not meet the 1% minimum in the polls put out by CNN in the last three months.
The debate itself took place in Las Vegas and aired live on CNN, which played host to the last major Republican Presidential Debate a few weeks ago. According to the outlet, the last event had around 23 million viewers on cable and roughly 4.5 million tuning in via the website’s livestream.
Speaking of livestreams…
How to watch the democratic presidential debate
While Fox News’ livestream hit a few stumbling blocks on its turn in the limelight, CNN’s first go at online broadcasting in the 2016 election was lauded for its accessibility and quality throughout the event. And those deciding to stream Tuesday’s event had similar results.
If you wanted to watch the debate on your PC or Mac, all you needed to do was head over to CNN’s homepage. However, it was available on iOS or Android via CNN’s mobile app, available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store, respectively.
If you wanted to be right in the action, Facebook and NextVR has you covered. The latter makes an eponymous app which is available on the Samsung Gear VR. CNN and NextVR have teamed up to place a 360-degree camera on stage with the candidates, allowing you to look around and get a feel for how the participants act when they’re not addressing the camera. The stream is available on NextVR for free.
CNN Republican Presidential debate full video
The CNN Presidential Debate full video from last night shows that it was a lot like the first debate. Hosted by CNN anchor Jake Tapper, there were a lot of Donald Trump zingers, standout Carly Fiorina statements, President Reagan references and very few decided voters at the end of it all.
That’s okay. The US election is still over a year away and there are at least eight more Republican Presidential Debate live streams to go, and that doesn’t even count the upcoming Democratic Debates. We’ll be here to serve you the full video to all of them.
See the memorable jokes and one-liner highlights, then scrub through the entire video of last night’s CNN debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.
CNN Presidential Debate first debate highlights
Before diving into the main CNN Presidential debate videos, let’s take a look at what happened at the first debate, with four lowest-ranking candidates to poll at 1% or above.
- Lindsey Graham on speaking English and illegal immigration (00:57)
- Graham: ‘We’re going to drink more’ if I’m President (1:15)
- Bobby Jindal calls out Donald Trump for ‘not being Republican’ (1:07)
- Lindsey Graham lays out his ‘boots on the ground’ plan for ISIS (00:48)
- Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal on Democrats and other Republicans (1:42)
- Jindal blames President Obama for Europe’s ongoing refugee crisis (1:05)
- Jindal: Muslim teen with the clock shouldn’t have been arrested (2:14)
- George Pataki: I’d fire Kim Davis (00:51)
- Pataki, Santorum spar over Supreme Court (3:56)
- Jindal: ‘It is time to get rid of the Republican Party’ (3:09)
It included just four candidates this time: Senator Lindsey Graham, Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor George Pataki and Senator Rick Santorum. Missing from the stage, for different reasons, were three candidates who appeared in the last debate.
Carly Fiorina moved up to the main stage, as you’ll see in the CNN Debate full video below, Texas Governor Rick Perry bowed out of the Presidential race completely and former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore mounted less than the required 1% in nationwide polls.
10 CNN Presidential Debate video highlights
The CNN Debate immediately began with the Republicans violating “Ronald Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment,” which, for those who don’t know, is “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”
- Donald Trump serves Senator Rand Paul a ‘sick burn’ (1:56)
- Carly Fiorina responds to Trump’s ‘look at her face’ comment (00:53)
- Governor Chris Christie: ‘Stop the childish back and forth’ (00:55)
- Governor Jeb Bush defends: ‘My brother kept us safe’ (1:03)
- Governor Scott Walker: ‘We don’t need an apprentice in the White House’ (2:11)
- Senator Rand Paul: ‘We need to engage with Russia, China and the world’ (1:20)
- Rand Paul: ‘If you want boots on the ground, you have 14 other choices’ (0:55)
- Carly Fiorina finds a way to link Iran and Planned Parenthood. No, seriously. (1:25)
- Fiorina takes on Secretary hillary Clinton on ‘accomplishments’ (1:18)
- Senator Marco Rubio: ‘I made sure I brought my own water’ (00:27)
- Bonus: The CNN Presidential Debate in three minutes (3:00, duh)
Business mogul Donald Trump called out Senator Rand Paul for being the lowest polling candidate on the CNN debate stage, to which Paul said Trump picks on people’s looks. Trump retorted in the full video, “I never attacked him or his looks, and believe me, there’s plenty of subject matter right there.”
Trump was on the receiving end of a few zingers himself last night. Carly Fiorina addressed his the “look at her face” comment he reportedly said about the only female Republican candidate, according to Rolling Stone Magazine. It may have been the biggest applause line of the night.
Oh, and there was some focus on the actual issues voters need to be concerned about in the November election next year. The economy, foreign policy and Planned Parenthood funding were hot topics through at the evening’s CNN debate.
Watch the CNN Presidential Debate full video
Update: CNN has finally posted the full debate video so that you can replay the entire Republican forum from last night on demand.
However, the full video comes from its CNN Go, which requires a cable subscription log in after a brief ten minute window. Worse, the debate replay is filled with video playback errors.
If the official CNN website debate video still isn’t working, try watching the YouTube version. It’s broken into five parts (it was a long debate), but at least it’s not broken right now.
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Here are our live updates, as the CNN debate live stream happened
How you could’ve watched it live
The second 2016 Republican Presidential debate is on CNN right now. Session A already came to a close earlier in the night, but Session B is just starting to get good with Jeb Bush, Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina trading blows on the main stage.
Like the previous debate held on Fox News, CNN’s forum will have two segments. The later segment is the one to watch, as it pits front-runners Donald Trump and Jeb Bush against the eight other primetime contenders, including newcomer to the main stage, Carly Fiorina. The CNN debate is being held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California and started at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.
The first section, on the other hand, only had four candidates – Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki and Lindsey Graham – and the CNN live stream starts at 6pm ET / 3pm PT.
In case you can’t make it to a TV in time for the debate, don’t worry. There are plenty of ways to watch it online or a mobile device like an iPad.
Watch the CNN debate live stream
This showdown is legen-wait for it-dary, legendary, and CNN doesn’t want a single person to miss out on the 11-person political battle royale, so you can watch it online: Session A of the CNN Republican Primary Presidential Debate has begun. Follow along!
While Fox required users to authenticate their cable subscription with a username and password, CNN said in a statement to Fortune that Wednesday’s debate is going to be available “across CNN’s mobile platforms without authentication. Users don’t have to log-in to see the stream, [and] it will be available as soon as they visit CNN.com or access one of our apps.” Now there’s no excuse to go into work on Thursday without watching the event.
That means iOS and Android devices, including the iPad Air 2, iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 5, will be able to get into the action by using CNN’s mobile app while desktop and laptop users should simply head over to the CNN debate microsite.
As you might imagine, this surge of traffic might periodically cause the stream to buffer or stall from time-to-time, according to CNN Head of U.S editorial operations Andrew Morse told Bustle that he and his team have been meeting daily and assures viewers that CNN can handle such viewership surges. UPDATE: So far, so good.
Presidential debate time and schedule
So now that you know where to watch the CNN debate online, it’s probably a good idea to go over when the debate is going to be on. Like the debate on Fox News, Wednesday’s CNN debate was held in two sessions, session A and session B.
Session A kicked off the event at 6pm ET / 3pm PT with the four lowest rated politicians in the polls – Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki and Lindsey Graham. Each has more than 1% of the vote in three separate polls. While all made good points, the overall sentiment was that they wanted to be at the prime time debate held later in the evening.
Why is it so small this time around? Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has recently dropped from the race while former HP executive Carly Fiorina has garnered enough popularity in the polls to be elevated to the later debate, leaving only four candidates.
The last debate live stream was only about one-hour in length, though, that doesn’t necessarily mean this one will follow suit. However, you can almost certainly expect some sort of pre-show and post-wrap content on CNN once the second session ends.
Session B, however, is the one to watch. It started at 8pm ET / 5pm PT and is scheduled for a full two hours – though it has gone wildly past that.
You can expect to see all the crew from August’s debate back for round two from front-runners like real estate mogul Donald Trump and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, to some of the lesser supported candidates like current New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and current Ohio governor John Kasich.
The first half of the debate focused mainly on foreign policy, with Jeb Bush and Donald Trump trading barbs, while the later half so far has focused on internal issues like energy concerns, job growth and marijuana legalization.
Other issues for the debate include foreign policy and tax reform, two subjects that Trump and Bush have strong – and separate – feelings on. Just who’ll come out as the stronger contender remains to be seen.
- Now, let’s watch the first debate full video and then break down the Fox News Presidential Debate full video the same way, and when the Democratic Presidential Debate.
Watch Fox News Presidential Debate video
Brace yourself for 15 consecutive months of presidential debates, which started with last week’s Fox News and Facebook-hosted 2016 Republican Primary Debate.
You can still watch the back-and-forth video between Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and eight other top-tier candidates at this Presidential Debate. It originally aired at 9pm ET (6pm PT, 2am BST) on August 6.
This wasn’t actually the first presidential debate you could watch online last week, though. There was also a second-tier debate happening, four hours beforehand, for seven candidates with lower poll numbers.
Both debates were live streamed, just in case you can’t get to a television set in time for the verbal sparring. However, only the right credentials would let you watch it online in realtime initially.
Here’s how you could watch the Fox News GOP debate, for future reference, and see the replay right now.
10 Presidential Debate video highlights
- Donald Trump open to the idea of a third-party run
- Trump combative on ‘sexist’ comments with Megyn Kelly
- Chris Christie, Rand Paul spar over NSA surveillance
- John Kasich on his support of gay marriage
- Kasich on how Trump is hitting a nerve in politics
- Jeb Bush on dynastic ‘Bush’ politics and ‘brother’s war’
- Marco Rubio: ‘This election isn’t a resume competition’
- Trump explains stance on illegal immigration, and so does Rubio
- Carly Fiorina jabs Clinton and Trump in same sentence (earlier debate)
- 7 minutes of closing arguments from the candidates
Watch the Presidential Debate full video
Fox News sent TechRadar its full debate video, so that it could be available to one and all, and offered it in both MP4 and Windows Media Video formats.
It’s conveniently split the night into six parts, too, just in case you want to load it onto your 16GB iPhone 6 that’s already run out of space, one-by-one.
- Part 1 in WMV
- Part 1 in MP4
- Part 2 in WMV
- Part 2 in MP4
- Part 3 in WMV
- Part 3 in MP4
- Part 4 in WMV
- Part 4 in MP4
- Part 5 in WMV
- Part 5 in MP4
- Part 6 in WMV
- Part 6 in MP4
- And here’s the early debate in its entirely
How the Presidential Debate live stream worked
Fox News is known as America’s conservative cable news channel, but the right aisle-leaning network is actually fairly progressive when it comes to online live streaming technology.
Eight years ago, Fox News began live streaming extra hours of programming, dubbed Strategy Room, with webcam-like quality and a makeshift table. Discussions were frank and unrushed.
It has since morphed into mirroring the cable channel and contrasts with MSNBC and CNN, which are just getting their online programming acts together. MSNBC in particular has a smaller, buggier video player.
Of course, now that it’s called Fox News Live and is a broadcast-level video service, it requires an authenticated cable subscription username and password. It’s not unlike HBO Go. In fact, it uses the same username and password credentials you log in with to watch Game of Thrones.
The good news is that it currently supports 279 cable and satellite providers, including Time Warner, Comcast, DirecTV, Charter, Verizon Fios. Even Sony’s PlayStation Vue is represented.
While Facebook co-hosted this event, it was merely providing analytics, user questions and online reaction, not live streaming the debate through the social network. Sorry, cord cutters.
Presidential Debate time and schedule
Flipping through all of the cable news channels, it feels as if the Presidential Debate coverage has been going on forever, but the August 6 forum officially start time was 5pm ET (3pm PT, 10pm BST).
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The live stream began with the seven candidates who haven’t garnered enough attention in the national polls, but can get some air time and name recognition in front of an audience – albeit a smaller one.
This first debate featured former HP executive Carly Fiorina, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, current Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, current South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, former New York Governor George Pataki and former Maryland Governor and late-comer Jim Gilmore.
Some have criticized this GOP debate structure because it marginalized key Republican Presidential candidates, like Jindal, a current governor and the first Indian American governor in the US, and Fiorina, the only female candidate running for the GOP nomination. Both are stood out, according to the channel’s post-debate analysts.
This first debate was short, lasting just one hour, and is Fox News then hosted an online pre-show in between the two debates, which started at 6pm ET (3pm PT, 11 BST). It included highlights and analysis of the first debate, along with expectations of the what the channel is calling its “Primetime Debate.”
The official “Primetime Debate” started at 9pm ET (6pm PT, 2am BST), and lasted the scheduled two hours, followed by an 11pm ET (8pm PT, 4am BST) online post-debate show to wrap things up.
The roster of ten (in order of current poll numbers) consisted of real estate mogul Donald Trump, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, current Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, surgeon Ben Carson, current Texas Senator Ted Cruz, current Florida Senator Marco Rubio, current Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, current New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and current Ohio governor John Kasich.
Hillary Clinton was mentioned so much last week, you’d think she was at the debate. However, her on-stage performance will have to wait, as you’ll read in our next section.
How to watch Democratic Presidential Debate
What about the Democrats, you ask? They’ll have several debates, too, but have only just now announced the Democratic Presidential Debate schedule.
Their first debate for the is supposed to happen on October 13 (CNN) in Nevada. By then, Republicans will already have two prime time debates in their binders full of debates. The second Democratic debate is November 14 (CBS) in Des Moines, Iowa, which is first state in the nation to vote in primaries (really, a “caucus”).
That schedule from there on out follows the primary roadmap, with future debates happening four more times, in December 19 (ABC) in New Hampshire. January 17 (NBC) in South Carolina, February or March (Univision) in Miami and one last one in March (PBS) in Wisconsin.
There are fewer scheduled debates for the Democrats (so far) and there are fewer declared candidates. Former First Lady, New York Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has the most name recognition, but there are others.
Expect to see on stage former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, current Vermont Senator and declared Independent Bernie Sanders, former Virginia Senator Jim Webb and current Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee. Current Vice President Joe Biden is rumored to be running for President.
The next Presidential debate and schedule
This isn’t the last Republican Presidential debate – far from it. There are going to be 12 GOP-sanctioned debates, including last week’s Fox News debate. Most, if not all, debates should be live streamed, unlike previous years.
Next up is a CNN-hosted debate at the Reagan Library, in Simi Valley, Calif. on September 16. Business cable networks get into the fray with a smaller CNBC debate in Boulder, Colorado on October 28 and a Fox Business debate in Wisconsin sometime in November.
CNN has the final debate of 2015 on December 15 in Nevada, and then it’s back to Fox News in Iowa for a January debate. Three Republican debates happen in February in New Hampshire (ABC) and South Carolina (CBS), Houston, Texas (NBC). Fox, CNN and one unscheduled debate round out the GOP commissioned schedule.
Tired of debates yet? That’s okay. History has shown that the post-convention 2016 Presidential Debates are limited to three. There’s also typically one Vice Presidential Debate, too. That’s it.
It’s not like the old days. In 1858, then former Congressman Abraham Lincoln and and Senator Stephen A. Douglas debated seven times in their run for senate, according to the Commission for Presidential Debates. Those debates were decidedly NOT live streamed on the internet.
As more debates happen, we’ll update this page in real time to let you know when and where you can watch the Presidential Debates online, even if it takes 22 updates, one for every debate scheduled.