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CNN Republican Debate December 2015: TV Channel Schedule & Start Time

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Republican Debate December 2015

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It’s been a little over a month since the last Republican debate, so why have another one?

Tonight’s Republican Debate Schedule: TV Channel & Start Time

The fifth and final Republican debate of the year is set to air December 15, 2015 on CNN, with Wolf Blitzer moderating the event. The prime debate will begin at 8:30 PM Eastern time and will feature the following candidates: Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich, Rand Paul, and Chris Christie. The debate prior will air at 6 p.m. Eastern time and will feature usual suspects Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, with George Pataki and Lindsey Graham joining alongside them this time.

Both debates will air live at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to CNN, in order to qualify for the primetime debate, “candidates must meet one of three criteria in polls conducted between October 29 and December 13 and recognized by CNN: an average of at least 3.5% nationally; at least 4% in Iowa; or at least 4% in New Hampshire.” Trump is once again leading in the polls with 41% of the Republican vote, with Cruz in second place with 14%.

Users are also able to use the hashtag #GOPDebate on social media, which will be used throughout the night.

Check out everything you need to know about the fifth Republican debate below and be sure to tune in:

DATE: December 15, 2015


JV DEBATE TIME: 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT


PRIMETIME DEBATE TIME: 8:30 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT until 11:15 p.m. ET/8:15 p.m. PT


CHANNEL: CNN – Check your local TV provider (ie. FIOS, Optimum, Time Warner) to find out what channel the CNN network is on in your area.


MODERATORS: Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash, and Hugh Hewitt


LOCATION: The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada


CANDIDATES PARTICIPATING IN PRIMARY DEBATE: Trump, Carson, Rubio, Cruz, Bush, Kasich, Christie, Fiorina, Paul

COLLEGECANDY Writer
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