When is the CNN Republican Debate?

Jeff Pfeiffer

CNN will air live coverage of the fifth Republican presidential debate, the final GOP presidential primary debate of 2015, from Las Vegas on Tuesday, Dec. 15, beginning at 6pm ET.

Again, the evening’s debates will be divided into an early and primetime session. The four candidates appearing in the first debate at 6pm will be Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham and George Pataki.

Donald Trump will be center stage during the primetime debate, which begins at 8:30pm ET. He will be flanked by Ben Carson on his right, and Ted Cruz on his left. The six remaining participants in the primetime contest are Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, John Kasich and Rand Paul.


CNN says this debate will be the first to use early-state polls as a way to make the main event in primetime. The debate will be moderated by Wolf Blitzer, with CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash joining radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt as questioners.

The CNN Republican Debate will be live-streamed from 5pm-11pm ET. All users will be able to watch CNN TV on CNN.com’s home page and on mobile devices without logging in.

The CNN Republican Debate airs live at 6pm ET (early debate) and 8:30pm ET (primetime debate) on CNN.