GOP debate tonight Jan. 14: Main event 7:00 PM


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

The latest Republican Presidential debate — the first in the 2016 election year — will be held in North Charleston, South Carolina .tonight, Thursday, Jan. 14. The event will be hosted by Fox Business Network. Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo will moderate the prime time debate. Trish Regan and Sandra Smith will moderate the earlier, second tier debate.

The prime time debate begins at 7:00 pm AZ Time, (9:00 pm ET).  This top-tier event features seven candidates: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and John Kasich. Chris Christy who has seen a recent resurgence is back on the prime time lineup after previously being dropped to second tier.

Participants qualifying for the earlier debate which will air at 4:00 pm AZ Time (6 p.m. ET) are: Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. Carly Fiorina, dropped from the main stage this time around, will join them. Rand Paul has announced he will boycott tonight’s debate after being demoted to the lesser event.

Criteria for participation on the main stage can be found here.

Both debates will air on the FOX Business Network and live stream on

Additional information on viewing accessibility can be read here.

The focus will be on economic, domestic and international policy issues.


4 Responses to GOP debate tonight Jan. 14: Main event 7:00 PM

  1. Realist says:

    I’m hopeful Trump will stick to the issues and stop pounding on the much better qualified Cruz’ eligibility. That’s probably too much to hope for. Trumps’ antics are diminishing him, regardless of his polling numbers.

  2. Vince says:

    This should be the debate that finally rids us of Jeb! Bush. Santorum and Huckabee are both too egotistical to pull out, although they should. It’s time to whittle this list down.

  3. Conservative Since Birth says:

    SRAZ – thank you for the detailed report on the debates tonight.

    I’ll definitely watch the prime time debate and hope we get some answers we can believe in from the candidates. It would be nice to hear somebody sound angry over the capture of Navy sailors by the Iranians at gunpoint.

    Glad the “original” Fox News Channel three aren’t doing tonight’s debate. I haven’t been able to watch Megyn Kelly since the first debate and never had any use for Chris Wallace. Brett Baier was a disappointment. A guy who prays before he goes on the air acted like a fool. They will do another debate however. Tonight’s prime time moderators have shown themselves to be very professional. I’m a big fan of Maria Bartiromo.

    In my opinion, John Kasich is taking up valuable space.