- Update: The Presidential Debate live stream has begun and Session A has just come to a close. Session B – the debate with Jeb Bush, Donald Trump and all the rest is about to begin. So far, CNN has made the debate incredibly easy to watch online.
One presidential debate live stream down, 10 to go. You can watch the second 2016 Republican Presidential debate on CNN tonight, September 16 before heading over to CNBC in October.
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 will be held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California and starts at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.
The first section, on the other hand, will only star 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 Republican debate live stream
The upcoming showdown is going to be 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 won’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.
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 will be held in two sessions, session A and session B.
Session A kicks 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.
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 will start at 8pm ET / 5pm PT and is scheduled for a full two hours.
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.
Issues for the debate include foreign policy and tax reform, two subjects that Trump and Bush have strong – and separate – feelings on.
10 Presidential Fox News 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
Missed the first Republican Primary Debate? We’ve got the full video here: How to watch the Fox News Presidential Debate full video