First Republican Debates Tonight

Two debates will be hosted tonight by Fox News. We don’t think there’s a way to watch online, without first downloading a special app from Fox. They explain that here: Fox News Republican Presidential Primary Debates. We won’t bother doing that.

If you learn of another way to watch online, let us know and we’ll mention it here as an addendum. At the moment, it looks like the simplest thing is to watch on TV at the Fox News channel.

At 5:00 PM, Eastern time, the lower-tier candidates will have their debate. Those are: Rick Perry, George Pataki, Lindsey Graham, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, and Jim Gilmore.

At 9:00 PM, Eastern time, the top ten candidates will debate. Those are: Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, John Kasich, and Chris Christie.

We assume that despite their dislike of Fox and Republicans, a lot of our American readers will be watching — at least the second debate. Who wants to see the first one with Perry, Santorum, and Jindal? There are a few known creationists in the second debate too, such as Huckabee and Carson, but the likely nominee will be in the second group, so if you can only find the time to watch one, it should be the second event.

Our readers in Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere will likely have other things to do. Perfectly understandable. But if you watch, and you’re in the mood to comment, this is the place to do it. You know our rules. Behave yourself, and beware of the profanity filters.

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19 responses to “First Republican Debates Tonight

  1. Yep, we will be watching just for the entertainment value during the summer doldrums!

  2. I expect them all to say the usual Republican things about taxes, regulations, the size of government, business fleeing overseas, the national debt, unemployment, the border, ISIS, the Iran treaty, Obamacare, etc. I’m comfortable with that. What I’ll be looking for is the candidates who are obsessed with the wild and crazy theocratic “social issues” — creationism, Noah’s Ark, gay marriage, abortion, etc.

  3. The GOP clown bus makes its first stop.

    Ho hum.

  4. You’ll notice they held back the debates until after Jon Stewart retired.

  5. I’m rooting for the Donald to begin hurling insults. I really don’t care who wins, I’m a fiscal conservative but I can’t vote for any of these wannabe fundies!

  6. Rule for the Debates tonight:

  7. “Fox News Debate” An hour of Obama bashing.

  8. Och Will says: “An hour of Obama bashing.”

    That’s always fun. Besides, the big one coming up at 9:00 will have Megyn Kelly as one of the questioners. How can you go wrong watching that?

  9. I thought Carly Fiorina spoke well this afternoon, as did former Va. Gov. Jim Gilmore. Never heard of him before, but he sounded rational. Lindsey Graham was the opposite.

    This evening, I was hoping one of the others would have told Trump that he’s so full of sh*t that they were surprised his eyes were still blue after his comment that the Mexican government was sending us their worst. In fact, the ones that make the effort to come to the U.S. (illegally or not) are the ones with guts and ambition who really want to do the work to better their lives.

  10. In fact, the ones that make the effort to come to the U.S. (illegally or not) are the ones with guts and ambition who really want to do the work to better their lives.

    Trump is like so many repubs and neo-cons, never let the facts get in the way of a good narrative!

  11. This wasn’t our most popular thread. Nevertheless, I learned that Trump is a flaming butt-head. I suspected it, but I needed to see him in that context. Good businessman, obviously, but that’s about it.

  12. @SC

    Good businessman, obviously

    Well, aside from stuff like the several bankruptcies.

  13. I didn’t watch the debates yet. As for Trump I sometimes wonder if his plan to fix the national debt the same way he fixed his own debt, declare bankruptcy. I think part of Trump’s appeal is that the president has to be such a pragmatic, level person, appealing to the lowest common denominator. Most people want a straight shooter, tell it like it is person.
    For that reason, of all the candidates Trump is the only one in the clown car that scares me, but he is entertaining.

  14. michaelfugate

    I see Trump and Cruz came out on top among republicans in my area according to the local paper. Do republicans want to guarantee a loss in 2016?

  15. Disappointing that none of the candidates who were asked if God gave them a “to-do” list, gave the appropriate two part response:

    1) Sorry; I don’t hear voices in my head,


    2) Article. VI.


    The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.

  16. Diogenes' Lamp

    The funniest part was when Trump said he gives lots of money to politicians because politicians do what businessmen want if the businessmen give them money.

    But if you admit that, isn’t that basically saying Bernie Sanders and Jimmy Carter are right– we don’t have a democracy? Isn’t Trump giving us reasons to vote for Brtnie Sanders, or support a socialist revolution? Even Trump would admit that no Republican, including himself, will ever change this corrupt system.

  17. Diogenes' Lamp

    Here’s a question all candidates should be asked:

    “If a passage in the Bible were to contradict something in the Constitution, will you follow the Bible and violate the Constitution? And are there any passages in the Bible that would supersede any part of the Constitution? Which part?”

    No Republican candidate would ever give the right, patriotic answer. But it’d be fun to watch them all squirm.

  18. @Diogenes’ Lamp: If they’re crafty, they’d probably say something along the lines of “Offhand, I can’t think of any part of the Bible that contradicts the Constitution. Could you give me an example?”

  19. Techreseller

    Kasich was normative. He could be a good VP. Rational, middle of the road, executive experience. But he stands zero chance.