The first official GOP debate will take place tonight in two separate parts. The first debate, airing at 5 pm ET, will feature the bottom seven candidates outside the top ten. The primetime debate, which happens at 9pm ET, features the top ten Republican candidates in an average of national polls.

The schedule for Thursday, August 6, 2015:

Aired on: Fox News Channel
Live Stream:

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Location: The Q Arena in Cleveland, Ohio

5pm ET (Watch Full 5pm Video)
Moderators: Martha MacCallum, Bill Hemmer
Candidates: Perry, Santorum, Jindal, Fiorina, Graham, Pataki, Gilmore

9pm ET (Watch Full 9pm Video
Moderators: Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace
Candidates: Trump, Bush, Walker, Huckabee, Carson, Cruz, Rubio, Paul, Christie, Kasich

Release from Fox News:

The first Republican presidential primary debates, hosted by Fox News and Facebook in conjunction with the Ohio Republican Party, will be held at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, starting at 5:00 PM ET. This is the same venue as the 2016 Republican National Convention scheduled for next summer. See all the latest debate and election coverage on

How the candidates were selected, also from Fox News:

The five polls included in the average that determined the line-up were conducted by Bloomberg, CBS News, Fox News, Monmouth University and Quinnipiac University.

We will have the entire video of both the 5pm and 9pm debates after they air. They will also likely be replayed by Fox News at later hours in the night.


  1. Here’s an interesting thought. The camera loves a confident candidate, and people love a guy who shoots from the hip. Trump’s whole life has been ego run amok. And since Trump knows he’s a long-shot, he doesn’t have to worry about what he says.

    I predict that Trump will be MORE popular after the debate. And here’s the shocking part: It would take several appearances for the public to tire of his antics. BUT the GOP has fought to limit debates, so they may have handed the nomination to Trump, by not having enough chance to trip him up.

    Priebus the “genius”!

    • I think it could go either way. True, Trump could hit it out of the park and continue gaining support.

      But he could also look weak on issues if he can’t explain details standing next to people who can. Maybe it’s just me as a political nerd who thinks that way.

      • No, I agree. I think his “I have experience as an executive” rhetoric isn’t going to stand up well against “I have experience in government and politics” speech that Bush & Walker will be giving. He’s popular now in the same way that Sanders is – he’s challenging the status quo. The difference is Sanders can back that up with political experience, something Trump is severely lacking in.

        • Trump may have never run for political office before, but he’s had plenty of experience dealing with politics and politicians for decades.

  2. So this debate is not being broadcast on local Fox channels and the live stream is also behind a paywall – you have to have cable subscription credentials to view the stream. Guess I won’t be able to watch it.

  3. Will any of the candidates say anything? Or will we get the usual grandstanding, carefully skirting issues, leaving out specifics. I’m sure Trump will indicate that we should tell the Russians, North Koreans, ISIS and others to sit down and shut up, or we’ll nuke them.

  4. Are we going to be able to watch the debate with an antenna or are we going to have to miss it again since we won’t pay for it???

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