How to watch the Fox News Republican Presidential Debate live stream tonight

  • Update: The second Fox Business Network Republican Presidential Debate full video replay is available to watch online below via YouTube.

Fox Business Network has tonight's Republican Presidential Debate live stream, which is live streaming right now, and the candidates are now on stage in North Charleston, South Carolina.

This GOP debate, like the half-dozen before it, has been divided into two parts: the undercard debate, which is over, and the larger prime time debate, the currently has squabbling candidates like Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Ben Carson.

FBN Republican Presidential Debate Live stream

While the debate itself will be held at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center, you don't have to make an insanely long commute to watch it in person. In fact, Fox Business Network will stream it online for free this time.

OK, but how is this debate going to be different?

For better or worse, there'll be one less candidate at tonight's event. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul did not meet the requirements set by Fox Business Network to participate in tonight's undercard debate.

This is the first time Paul will not be attending a forum and, as you might expect, his team isn't happy about it. Also missing from tonight's event will be Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who recently announced that he would not continue his presidential campaign in order to pursue other avenues.

Without Jindal and Paul, only former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum will take the stage at 6pm ET, 3pm PT.

FBN Republican Debate

The bigger event, and the one most people will be interested in watching, doesn't start for another three hours, however.

The primetime debate, which takes place at 9pm ET, 6pm PT, will star all of the key players in the upcoming Republican Primary. Namely, that includes Donald Trump, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Of course, that leads us to the other aspect that's changed immensely during the last few weeks: the animosity towards Trump. Jeb Bush has, on more than one occasion, called Trump an uninformed jerk who, if elected president, would create a "global depression."

Almost all candidates have taken a dig at Trump over the past few months of this election cycle though, standing at well over 30% in the polls (a full 15 percentage points higher than his closest competitor Marco Rubio), he doesn't seem phased by the negative attention.

2016 Fox Business Network Republican Presidential Debate Watch Online

How to watch the Fox Business Presidential debate

So now you know all the players, which only leaves the big question: how exactly do you tune in? Unlike the last presidential debate held on FBN, this debate will be available to everyone, for free without a subscription to the network on all mobile and desktop devices.

To stream the debate, head over to and you should see a link to the debate once it begins. Thankfully, Fox News and FBN both have a competent live streaming video player compared to the likes of CNN and especially MSNBC, so interruptions shouldn't completely cripple the stream like what has happened in the past.

If a live stream isn't substantive enough, however, the network will reprise its partnership with Facebook to provide live debate content on the FBN's Facebook page, including behind the scenes footage and moderator interviews.

FBN Republican Debate

Speaking of moderators, who's running the debate?

The first FBN debate was lauded for sticking to the facts and tangible plans and not letting candidates dive too deeply into personal stories or use rhetoric to escape difficult questions.

So it's good news then that the four original moderators will make their return tonight. Anchor and Managing Editor of Business News Neil Cavuto and Anchor and Global Markets Editor Maria Bartiromo will moderate the primetime debate at 6pm PT, while anchors Trish Regan and Sandra Smith will moderate the first debate at 3pm PT.

FBN Republican Presidential Debate Livestream

The next Republican Primary Debate will take place on January 28 on Fox News, while the next Democratic Primary Debate will take place on Sunday, January 17 on NBC.

Continue on to the next page to read what happened at the last FBN Republican debate...

Matt Swider