GOP debate tonight Dec. 15: Main event 6:30 PM

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Undercard debate begins at 4:00 pm (AZ time)

The fifth GOP Presidential debate — the last of 2015 — will be held in Las Vegas at the Venetian Hotel & Casino tonight, Tuesday, December 15. 

The prime time debate begins at 6:30 pm AZ Time, (8:30 pm ET).  This top-tier event features nine candidates: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, John Kasich and Rand Paul. Chris Christy, who has seen a recent resurgence, is back on the prime time lineup after previously being dropped to second tier.

Qualifying candidates were required to meet one of three criteria in polls conducted between October 29 and December 13 that are recognized by CNN: an average of at least 3.5 percent nationally or at least 4 percent in Iowa or New Hampshire, the first states with contests toward the Republican nomination.

Relegated to second stage this time around are Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham and George Pataki. Their debate will begin earlier at 4:00 pm AZ time (6:00 pm ET)

CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer will moderate. The network’s Dana Bash and Salem Radio Network host Hugh Hewitt will serve as panelists questioning the candidates. CNN has partnered with Facebook to host the event.

The debate will air live on CNN: Cox Channel 36, Dish: Channel 200, DirecTV: Channel 202. CNN also offers a live stream on CNN.com’s homepage and across mobile platforms from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET. All users can watch live CNN TV online and on mobile devices.

Salem Radio Network will air the programming live via their nationwide broadcast radio stations . In Phoenix, listen live at 960 AM KKNT.

9 Responses to GOP debate tonight Dec. 15: Main event 6:30 PM

  1. Rambling Rose says:

    I’ll be watching to see if Dr. Ben Carson can get his campaign back on track. I hope so. I also hope to see Ted Cruz surge even further after this debate. As to the second tier guys, they gave it a try and it clearly isn’t working. They need to exhibit a degree of grace and shut their campaigns down. Lindsey McGraham hasn’t budged from 0 %.

  2. Conservative Since Birth says:

    I will be watching the prime time debate tonight, hoping I can handle the insufferable Hugh Hewitt, never mind the GOPe candidates on the stage.

    • azgary says:

      I typically read the transcripts, drudge usually has a link to them the next morning.

      between the “moderators” and most of the candidates, its painful to watch.

      and there is really nothing substantive that ever comes out of them, canned comments and sound bites.

      • Conservative Since Birth says:

        I hope Trump and Cruz don’t go at it. CNN is praying for it.
        Why does the Stupid Party go on leftwing “news” stations over and over again. (Rhetorical question)

      • azgary says:

        they are going to have to eventually and their are YUGE differences between Trump and cruz. cruz is for amnesty (but he wont call his mass legalization amnesty) and huge increases in legal immigration.

        thats what his owner/donors bought him for.

        Trump has no owners, and his donors are the voters, not the Wall Street, CoC fatcats who are part of the plutocratic oligarchy that owns D.C. and the politicians.

        so Trump owes his loyalty to the voters, not donor/owners as cruz does.

        thats why cruz will not deport illegals, and wants more foreigners.

        “And I’d like to make a final point to those advocacy groups that are very engaged in this issue and rightly concerned about addressing our immigration system, and in particular about addressing the situation for the 11 million who are currently in the shadows. If this amendment is adopted to the current bill the effect would be that those 11 million under this current bill would still be eligible for RPI status. [Registered Provisional Immigrant] They would still be eligible for legal status and indeed under the terms of the bill they would be eligible for LPR status as well [Lawful Permanent Resident], so that they are out of the shadows, which the proponents of this bill repeatedly point to as their principle objective — to provide a legal status for those who are here illlegally to be out of the shadows. This amendment would allow that to happen.

        And a second point to those advocacy groups that are so passionately engaged. In my view if this committee rejects this amendment, and I think everyone here views it as quite likely this committee will choose to reject this amendment, in my view that decision will make it much, much more likely that this entire bill will fail in the House of Representantives. I don’t want immigration reform to fail. I want immigration reform to pass, and so I would urge people of good faith on both sides of the aisle, if the objective is to pass common sense immigration reform that secures the borders, that improves legal immigration, and that allows those who are here illegally to come in out of the shadows, then we should look for areas of bipartisan agreement and compromise to come together and this amendment –I believe if this amendment were to pass the chances of this bill passing into law would increase dramatically, and so I would urge the committee to give it full consideration and to adopt the amendment.”
        _Ted Cruz

        his donors have paid for slavewagers to take jobs from American Citizens and drive down wages.

        Trump is for deporting illegals, choosing American Citizens over foreign invaders and lobbyist bribes.

        it has to come out and the sooner the better so voters can have a clear choice, and believe me it wont be the candidate choosing foreign invaders and donor/owners over American Ciitizens
        Ted Cruz- “Legal Status for 11+ Million Illegals, Double Legal Immigration, Raise H1B visas by 500%”

    • Realist says:

      My thought exactly! Why do Republican presidential candidates continually appear on CNN, MSNBC and other liberal platforms with leftists asking gotcha questions. Can anyone imagine Hillary and Bernie Sanders allowing Fox to host their event? Hell, they don’t even have any. The Socialist and the Deceiver don’t want to be shown for what they are to their own gaggle of mindless followers.

  3. Saguaro Sam says:

    Challenger to McCain makes drudgereport, via the AZ Capitol Times.

    Here’s the link:

    http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2015/12/15/arizona-senator-seeking-mccains-us-senate-seat-to-step-down/

  4. Conservative Since Birth says:

    Trump and Cruz shook hands during commercial break. That should disappoint some who wanted a cage match.

    Hugh Hewitt was booed for tough questioning of Ben Carson. The doctor handled ol’ Hugh beautifully.

    John Kasich is taking up valuable time.