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With the 2024 presidential election now just over a year out, it’s time for the first GOP primary debate. Eight of the Republican Party’s top prospects (minus its leading candidate, former president Donald Trump) are gathered in Milwaukee for the event, where they’ll take to the stage for two hours in front of moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum of Fox News.
But, if you’ve cut the cord, you may have to find a new way to watch the Republican debate live tonight. Below is a quick guide on where to stream the debate for free.
How to Watch the Republican Debate Online
Tonight’s GOP primary debate is airing through live TV exclusively on Fox News and Fox Business Network, but cord-cutters can still livestream the Republican debate online with a live TV streaming service. Below are some of the best live TV streaming services that carry Fox News and/or Fox Business Network for watching the debate live without cable.
1. Stream the Republican Debate for Free on DirecTV Stream
Want to stream the Republican debate for free? Take advantage of this five-day free trial from DirecTV Stream. All of the streamer’s packages let you access 24/7 Fox News livestreams, as well as up to 150+ other channels. If you keep your DirecTV Stream subscription after the five-day free trial ends, payment will kick in at $74.99 a month.
2. Stream the Republican Debate for Free on fuboTV
Another way to watch the Republican debate for free is to grab a seven-day free trial to fuboTV. fuboTV carries Fox News and Fox Business Network, making it an easy service for streaming the GOP debate without cable. After the seven-day free trial, fuboTV plans start at $74.99 a month.
3. Stream the Republican Debate on Sling
Sling is a more affordable live TV streaming service, although they don’t offer a free trial. The Sling Blue package costs just $45 a month and gets you access to 42 live TV channels — including Fox News to stream the GOP debate.
When is the Republican Presidential Debate? Date, Start Time
The first Republican primary debate is happening tonight, Aug. 23. The debate is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT and is expected to run for two hours.
What Candidates Will Be In the First Republican Presidential Debate?
Here’s the full list of presidential candidates who will be on stage at tonight’s Republican debate:
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Former Vice President Mike Pence
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson
Senator Tim Scott (SC)
Entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy
Will Trump Be In Tonight’s Republican Debate?
Notably absent from tonight’s debate is the GOP front-runner, Donald Trump, who confirmed on Sunday that he would be skipping the event. The former president wrote on Truth Social, “The public knows who I am & what a successful Presidency I had… I WILL THEREFORE NOT BE DOING THE DEBATES!”
According to a recent Rolling Stone report, Trump is skipping the debate in part to punish Fox and the Murdochs. The Fox-controlling family is backing Trump’s leading rival in the 2024 primary, Florida governor Ron DeSantis. Trump has also said he’s unhappy with Fox News’ camera angles of his face.
Be sure to sign up for one of the above live TV streaming services to watch the debate online.
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