When is the CNN GOP debate?

Jeff Pfeiffer

The second debate among the candidates vying for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination will air Wednesday, Sept. 16, on CNN, beginning at 6pm ET from the Reagan Library in California. The CNN GOP debate will feature 10 candidates overall in the main, later debate, airing at 8pm, with the remaining five candidates appearing during an earlier debate at 6pm. The debate will be moderated by Jake Tapper (CNN’s chief Washington correspondent), Dana Bash (CNN’s chief political correspondent) and Hugh Hewitt (conservative radio host).


CNN says it spent two months determining candidate eligibility for the debate based on averages of national polls. The results were based on 14 polls, including interviews with more than 6,000 potential Republican primary voters (at the time eligibility was determined, Rick Perry was originally on the list, but he dropped out of the race a few days later).

The overall rankings based on an average of qualifying polls for candidates who met the requirements are: Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Carly Fiornia, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, John Kasich, Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum and George Pataki.

The CNN GOP debate airs Sept. 16 beginning at 6 pm ET on CNN. CNN will also be streaming the debate for free, without the need for cable authentication. To access the stream, go to CNN.com or download the CNN apps on iOS or Android (the stream is not available on Apple TV without cable authentication, however, and the stream is only available in the United States).