Categories 2016DebatesRepublican NewsVideo

Full Video: Watch the Aug. 6 Fox News Republican Debate

The first Republican debate of the 2016 election cycle is officially in the history books. The event, which took place Thursday evening from Cleveland, Ohio, featured the top ten Republican candidates in an average of five national polls. Earlier in the day, the remaining seven Republicans who did not make it into the primetime event took the debate stage.


Here is the entire video of the primetime Fox News Republican debate which aired at 9pm ET on August 6, 2015:

Moderators: Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace
Candidates: Trump, Bush, Walker, Huckabee, Carson, Cruz, Rubio, Paul, Christie, Kasich

Report from Fox News:

Donald Trump was the unrivaled lightning rod at Thursday’s Republican presidential debate, but the prime-time showdown made clear he’s not the only fighter on the stage – or in the race.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reclaimed his reputation as a tough-talking executive, blasting his rivals for their positions on domestic surveillance and entitlements. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul traded barbs with several candidates, including Christie.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, among others, also scored their moments. Meanwhile, one-time front-runner former Gov. Jeb Bush found himself on defense several times and largely avoided tangling with Trump on the Fox News/Facebook stage.

Perhaps the most fiery moment, though, came in an exchange between Christie and Paul mid-way through. Long-simmering tension between the two exploded when Christie stood by his criticism of the senator for opposing NSA bulk collection of American phone data.

Paul said he’s “proud of standing for the Bill of Rights,” but Christie called his stance “completely ridiculous” – suggesting he wants to cherry-pick only some data.

“When you’re sitting in the subcommittee just blowing hot air about this, you can say things like that,” Christie said.

It will be very interesting to see how the polls shake out in the next few weeks. Several of the mid-level candidates, such as Ben Carson, came away with memorable lines. Rand Paul took a lot of incoming fire from several candidates and took a beating throughout the night but held his own. Donald Trump stood out at the beginning but was largely muted most of the event.

Sound off below, how did the candidates do?

Nate Ashworth :Nate Ashworth is the Founder and Senior Editor of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for almost a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016.

View Comments (97)

  • I don't remember a newsperson being as inappropriate as Megyn Kelly since Dan Rather went up against Richard Nixon.

    • If someone starts a petition to fire that Megyn Kelly troll ---- I'll bet there'd be a few hundred thousand signing it....

  • The only issue that I have a problem with is if you are for the constitution and for people's rights. That people should be free and make there own decisions and that the government should stay out of said freedoms, why are we arguing about abortion. Defund the government program and let people make there own decision. Enough said!

    • I think there is some logic to increasing the age for Social Security. After all, we're living longer. Most people are not ready to be sent out to pasture at 65 anymore, so many of us go back to work.

      However, the big problem is that the fund has been raided almost from the beginning. We should have put all that money into a blind investment trust, to build it.

      As for today, get rid of the limit on taxing for Social Security. We only tax the first $118,000. If there's going to be a limit on taxing, there should also be a "means test" for collecting.

      • There is a lot of sense in increasing the age since life expectancy was so much lower when SS was designed. Further, it is an insurance program, not a retirement plan and people need to understand that. It was never designed for people to live off it for 20 plus years. With that said, increasing the age, means testing, all valid ideas, though means testing amounts to stealing money from those with higher incomes which is par for the course with the federal government but hardly treating taxpayers the same. The problem with the scheme is that the SS program offers a really low return on your money and most would be better off investing it properly. Since we have accepted this socialistic program into our lives long ago we will not likely find a perfect solution but the longer we wait to reform it the worse the options get.

  • I don't feel like Trump should have been included in this debate. He makes the whole thing a circus.
    Sadly it shows alot about the american intellect, that people seem to find him a viable candidate to lead the country.

  • Too much time given to Bush, not enough time given to Ben Carson.
    Kasich, whom I had never heard of impressed.
    Trump out, Christie out, Rand Paul out

  • Kudos to the candidates that spoke against focusing on issues that divide us and spoke to the importance of a positive message and one that seeks unity not division.
    The Obama administration has fomented division more than any thing else, and like no other.

  • I wanna know if the next president is going to take charge of making this country whole again? Are we gonna correct the tyranny that is effecting the entire country? And what about all the people were supposed to trust causing some of this tyranny? Our biggest problems since 9/11 have been coming from within our borders. We need healing in our own country before we can seriously help any other country.

Comments are closed.