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The CNN Presidential Debate full video from last night shows that it was a lot like the first debate. Hosted by CNN anchor Jake Tapper, there were a lot of Donald Trump zingers, standout Carly Fiorina statements, President Reagan references and very few decided voters at the end of it all.

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That's okay. The US election is still over a year away and there are at least eight more Republican Presidential Debate live streams to go, and that doesn't even count the upcoming Democratic Debates. We'll be here to serve you the full video to all of them.

See the memorable jokes and one-liner highlights, then scrub through the entire video of last night's CNN debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

CNN Presidential Debate first debate highlights

Before diving into the main CNN Presidential debate videos, let's take a look at what happened at the first debate, with four lowest-ranking candidates to poll at 1% or above.

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First, here's what happened in the earlier CNN Presidential Debate full video

It included just four candidates this time: Senator Lindsey Graham, Governor Bobby Jindal, Governor George Pataki and Senator Rick Santorum. Missing from the stage, for different reasons, were three candidates who appeared in the last debate.

Carly Fiorina moved up to the main stage, as you'll see in the CNN Debate full video below, Texas Governor Rick Perry bowed out of the Presidential race completely and former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore mounted less than the required 1% in nationwide polls.

10 CNN Presidential Debate video highlights

The CNN Debate immediately began with the Republicans violating "Ronald Reagan's Eleventh Commandment," which, for those who don't know, is "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican."

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Business mogul Donald Trump called out Senator Rand Paul for being the lowest polling candidate on the CNN debate stage, to which Paul said Trump picks on people's looks. Trump retorted in the full video, "I never attacked him or his looks, and believe me, there's plenty of subject matter right there."

Trump was on the receiving end of a few zingers himself last night. Carly Fiorina addressed his the "look at her face" comment he reportedly said about the only female Republican candidate, according to Rolling Stone Magazine. It may have been the biggest applause line of the night.

Oh, and there was some focus on the actual issues voters need to be concerned about in the November election next year. The economy, foreign policy and Planned Parenthood funding were hot topics through at the evening's CNN debate.

Watch the CNN Presidential Debate full video

Update: CNN has finally posted the full debate video so that you can replay the entire Republican forum from last night on demand.

However, the full video comes from its CNN Go, which requires a cable subscription log in after a brief ten minute window. Worse, the debate replay is filled with video playback errors.

If the official CNN website debate video still isn't working, try watching the YouTube version. It's broken into five parts (it was a long debate), but at least it's not broken right now.

Here are our live updates, as the CNN debate live stream happened

How you could've watched it live

The second 2016 Republican Presidential debate is on CNN right now. Session A already came to a close earlier in the night, but Session B is just starting to get good with Jeb Bush, Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina trading blows on the main stage.

Like the previous debate held on Fox News, CNN's forum will have two segments. The later segment is the one to watch, as it pits front-runners Donald Trump and Jeb Bush against the eight other primetime contenders, including newcomer to the main stage, Carly Fiorina. The CNN debate is being held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California and started at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.

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The first section, on the other hand, only had four candidates – Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki and Lindsey Graham – and the CNN live stream starts at 6pm ET / 3pm PT.

In case you can't make it to a TV in time for the debate, don't worry. There are plenty of ways to watch it online or a mobile device like an iPad.

Watch the CNN debate live stream

This showdown is legen-wait for it-dary, legendary, and CNN doesn't want a single person to miss out on the 11-person political battle royale, so you can watch it online: Session A of the CNN Republican Primary Presidential Debate has begun. Follow along!

While Fox required users to authenticate their cable subscription with a username and password, CNN said in a statement to Fortune that Wednesday's debate is going to be available "across CNN's mobile platforms without authentication. Users don't have to log-in to see the stream, [and] it will be available as soon as they visit CNN.com or access one of our apps." Now there's no excuse to go into work on Thursday without watching the event.

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That means iOS and Android devices, including the iPad Air 2, iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy Note 5, will be able to get into the action by using CNN's mobile app while desktop and laptop users should simply head over to the CNN debate microsite.

As you might imagine, this surge of traffic might periodically cause the stream to buffer or stall from time-to-time, according to CNN Head of U.S editorial operations Andrew Morse told Bustle that he and his team have been meeting daily and assures viewers that CNN can handle such viewership surges. UPDATE: So far, so good.

Presidential debate time and schedule

So now that you know where to watch the CNN debate online, it's probably a good idea to go over when the debate is going to be on. Like the debate on Fox News, Wednesday's CNN debate was held in two sessions, session A and session B.

Session A kicked off the event at 6pm ET / 3pm PT with the four lowest rated politicians in the polls – Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, George Pataki and Lindsey Graham. Each has more than 1% of the vote in three separate polls. While all made good points, the overall sentiment was that they wanted to be at the prime time debate held later in the evening.

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Why is it so small this time around? Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has recently dropped from the race while former HP executive Carly Fiorina has garnered enough popularity in the polls to be elevated to the later debate, leaving only four candidates.

The last debate live stream was only about one-hour in length, though, that doesn't necessarily mean this one will follow suit. However, you can almost certainly expect some sort of pre-show and post-wrap content on CNN once the second session ends.

Session B, however, is the one to watch. It started at 8pm ET / 5pm PT and is scheduled for a full two hours - though it has gone wildly past that.

You can expect to see all the crew from August's debate back for round two from front-runners like real estate mogul Donald Trump and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, to some of the lesser supported candidates like current New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and current Ohio governor John Kasich.

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The first half of the debate focused mainly on foreign policy, with Jeb Bush and Donald Trump trading barbs, while the later half so far has focused on internal issues like energy concerns, job growth and marijuana legalization.

Other issues for the debate include foreign policy and tax reform, two subjects that Trump and Bush have strong - and separate - feelings on. Just who'll come out as the stronger contender remains to be seen.

  • Now, let's watch the first debate full video and then break down the Fox News Presidential Debate full video the same way, and when the Democratic Presidential Debate.
Nick Pino

Nick Pino is Managing Editor, TV and AV for TechRadar's sister site, Tom's Guide. Previously, he was the Senior Editor of Home Entertainment at TechRadar, covering TVs, headphones, speakers, video games, VR and streaming devices. He's also written for GamesRadar+, Official Xbox Magazine, PC Gamer and other outlets over the last decade, and he has a degree in computer science he's not using if anyone wants it.