The atmosphere is electric ahead of the first GOP Republican primary debate. Many commentators say the event has a feel on-par with a political convention or general-election debate. It wouldn’t be surprising if tonight’s broadcast brought in the largest TV audience for a primary-season debate in history. Here’s what you need to know.
What Channel is the Debate on Tonight?
The debate can be watched on Fox News. The broadcast will also be streamed live at FoxNews.com and on the Fox News app.
What is the Location of the Debate?
The debate will take place at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The arena is also the home of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers.
Who are the Participants of the Debate?
The participants in the main debate are: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, and Scott Walker. The main debate will begin at 9:00 p.m. E.T.
The remaining seven candidates—Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Carly Fiorina, Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki and Jim Gilmore—are invited to participate in an earlier debate, scheduled for 5:00 p.m. E.T., also airing on Fox News.
Who are the Moderators?
The moderators are Fox News hosts Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly, and Chris Wallace.
Who are the Sponsors?
Fox News and Facebook are co-hosting the debate.