How to Watch the Second Republican Presidential Debate

The second debate of the Republican presidential primary takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 9 to 11 p.m. Eastern time.

The debate, sanctioned by the Republican National Committee and hosted by Fox Business Network, will take place at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.

Where can I watch it?

There are several ways to watch.

  • Fox Business Network will broadcast the debate. Coverage beforehand will start at 6 p.m. Eastern time, and post-debate coverage will run through 1 a.m., at which point a rerun of the debate will be shown.

  • The debate will be broadcast simultaneously on Fox News, with programming starting at 8:30 p.m. Fox Nation, the channel’s streaming service, will carry it as well.

  • Univision will show the debate in Spanish and livestream it at Its streaming platform, ViX, will also have live coverage.

  • The streaming platform Rumble will also show the debate.

Which candidates will be onstage?

Seven candidates have qualified for the debate:

  • Gov. Doug Burgum of North Dakota

  • Former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey

  • Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida

  • Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and former ambassador to the United Nations

  • Former Vice President Mike Pence

  • The entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy

  • Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina

For these candidates, time is running short to gain on the front-runner in the race, former President Donald J. Trump. They will need to seize on moments like debates, with national audiences, if they hope to be competitive in the early contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. Mr. Trump’s closest rival, Mr. DeSantis, has slipped in polling lately, and the other candidates have largely been stuck in single digits in national surveys.

This debate will have one fewer participant than the first debate, which drew nearly 13 million viewers and was also the most-watched cable telecast of the year outside of sports. Former Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas failed to meet the increased requirements for the second debate, which demanded 50,000 individual donors (up from 40,000) and 3 percent in a minimum of two national polls accepted by the R.N.C. (up from 1 percent), or in one national poll plus two polls from early-voting states.

No one who missed the first debate qualified for the second.

Where the Republican Presidential Candidates Stand on the Issues

As the Republican presidential candidates campaign under the shadow of a front-runner facing dozens of felony charges, The New York Times examined their stances on 11 key issues.

Who is moderating the debate?

Two Fox News anchors — Dana Perino and Stuart Varney — will moderate alongside Ilia Calderón of Univision.


Trump Has Huge Lead Before Second Republican Debate

Nate Cohn, The Times’s chief political analyst, looks at why former President Donald J. Trump’s lead in the Republican primary has grown despite skipping the first debate and what Republican donors will look for in the second debate.

The second Republican presidential debate is coming up. And it’s an unusual one because the front-runner in the race, Donald Trump, won’t be attending. Before the first debate, it might have been reasonable to imagine that maybe Donald Trump would be hurt by failing to show up. But in the end, it’s hard to find any evidence at all that Donald Trump was hurt by choosing to skip the first debate. In fact, he’s actually polling better today than he was before the first debate. That doesn’t mean that the debate won’t have any effect on the race. Republican donors will be watching this debate, too. They’ll be making tough decisions about whether they think Ron DeSantis is still viable against Donald Trump or whether they’re better off supporting someone like Nikki Haley or Tim Scott. So the debate can really matter to these candidates even if it doesn’t move the polls at all. The race is starting to have some of the characteristics of a noncompetitive contest. His lead is just as large as the one that Joe Biden has over Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Like Biden, Donald Trump doesn’t believe that he has to participate in the debates and he hasn’t suffered a political cost for that. Many mainstream Republicans are not willing to criticize Trump or back one of his rivals because Trump increasingly looks like an inevitable nominee. When you put all of that together and it’s reasonable to start asking, you know, is the race over? You know, historically, it’s hard to say that, there’s a lot of time left. There are the early states in Iowa and New Hampshire. Candidates will drop out. And then there’s the specter of a full criminal trial right in the middle of the Republican primary season. So there’s a long way to go.

Nate Cohn, The Times’s chief political analyst, looks at why former President Donald J. Trump’s lead in the Republican primary has grown despite skipping the first debate and what Republican donors will look for in the second debate.

What about Trump?

Just like last time, he will skip the debate. He easily met the donor and polling thresholds, but he has refused to sign a required pledge to support the Republican nominee no matter who it is.

Instead, he will deliver a prime-time speech to current and former union members in Detroit, inserting himself into the dispute between automakers and the striking United Automobile Workers union.

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