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How to Tune in to the Second Republican Presidential Debate Tonight

by Lucas Garcia
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2024 GOP presidential campaign

As the date for the second Republican presidential debate approaches, the list of candidates taking the stage is more streamlined compared to the inaugural debate held last month.

The Republican National Committee has officially verified that seven contenders will participate on the debate stage in Simi Valley. To qualify for participation, the candidates had to satisfy various criteria including polling performance, donor contributions, and a commitment to endorse the final Republican candidate.

Here is a comprehensive guide on how to view the second Republican debate, detailing the broadcasting channel, start time, and participant list. Continuous live blog coverage will be available throughout the day.

When Does the Republican Debate Begin?

Scheduled to last two hours, the debate will commence at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday. The moderation panel will include Stuart Varney, host at Fox Business Network, Dana Perino, host at Fox News Channel, and Ilia Calderón, anchor at Univision.

Which Broadcasting Services Will Air the Republican Debate?

Fox News Channel and Fox Business will broadcast the debate, and it will also be accessible on their respective websites and other digital and streaming platforms. Univision will provide a Spanish-language broadcast.

In a move to reduce reliance on major tech platforms, the Republican National Committee has collaborated with Rumble, a video-sharing platform that enjoys popularity among some conservative circles, to provide a livestream of the debate.

Where Will the Debate Take Place?

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California will serve as the venue for the second GOP debate. Multiple Republican candidates have recently visited the library to take part in its “A Time for Choosing” lecture series, named after Reagan’s seminal 1964 speech advocating for then-GOP presidential nominee Barry Goldwater.

Several candidates reference the 40th President frequently in their campaigns. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis portrays himself as a Reagan-like figure challenging a supposedly ineffective and unpopular Democratic President, Joe Biden. Former Vice President Mike Pence often recounts his involvement in the “Reagan Revolution.”

During the initial debate, biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy labeled himself as the unique candidate capable of mobilizing a diverse electorate to initiate a “Reagan 1980 Revolution.”

Who are the Candidates Participating in the Second Debate?

The debate will feature the following qualified candidates: Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, Mike Pence, Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum.

Former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, who participated in the first debate, did not qualify this time.

Absent from this debate again will be Donald Trump, who has opted out to focus on a labor dispute involving Michigan’s automotive workers, citing his strong early polling as a reason to abstain from debating lower-ranked rivals. Last month, Trump chose a pre-recorded interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson over participating in the Wisconsin debate.


For further information, Meg Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Second Republican Presidential Debate

When is the second Republican presidential debate scheduled to take place?

The debate is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday.

Who are the moderators for the second Republican debate?

The debate will be moderated by Stuart Varney of Fox Business Network, Dana Perino of Fox News Channel, and Ilia Calderón of Univision.

Which candidates have qualified to participate in the second Republican debate?

The qualified candidates are Ron DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, Mike Pence, Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum.

On what platforms can I watch the second Republican debate?

The debate will be broadcast on Fox News Channel and Fox Business, and will also be available on their respective websites and other digital and streaming platforms. Additionally, a Spanish-language broadcast will air on Univision.

Where is the location for the second Republican presidential debate?

The debate will take place at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

Why is Donald Trump not participating in the debate?

Donald Trump has decided to skip the debate to focus on a labor dispute involving Michigan’s automotive workers. He cites his strong position in early polling as a reason for not participating.

What alternative viewing options are available for the debate?

The Republican National Committee has collaborated with Rumble, a video-sharing platform popular among some conservatives, to provide a livestream of the event.

How long will the second Republican presidential debate last?

The debate is slated to last for two hours.

Who can be contacted for more information about the debate?

For further details, Meg Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP.

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5 comments

PolicyNerd September 27, 2023 - 7:52 pm

9pm ET, got it. Hopin to hear some serious policy talk this time, not just sound bites.

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CryptoQueen September 27, 2023 - 10:32 pm

Good to see they’re using Rumble. About time we started getting away frm Big Tech.

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UnbiasedVoter September 28, 2023 - 12:30 am

Interesting mix of moderators from Fox and Univision. Should be diverse perspectives.

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JohnDoe_88 September 28, 2023 - 4:46 am

Wow, Trump’s skippin this one too? Guess he thinks he’s got it in the bag, huh.

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ReaganFan_21 September 28, 2023 - 10:55 am

Ronald Reagan library, ah the nostalgia. Love that its the backdrop for this event.

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