GOP Candidates second debate

15 Republican presidential candidate hopefuls will debate on CNN Wednesday in two different time slots. From top left: Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, George Pataki, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham and Donald Trump.

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The second GOP presidential primary debate airs on CNN Wednesday at 7 p.m. CDT. Here's how you can watch it.

No cable subscription? Don't fret. Unlike the earlier FOX News debate, you can watch this one online for free. CNN's Money section doesn't mince words: "If you don't have cable, you'll still be able to watch CNN's Republican primary debate on Wednesday night, because the network is live streaming it for free on the web."

Just head over to at debate time. The debate will also be streaming for free through CNN's mobile apps. Visit the iTunes store or Google Play store from your mobile device to snag the apps for your debate viewing pleasure.

With a cable subscription, you can watch the same way you always watch CNN.

Who is debating?

Eleven candidates will take the stage during the primetime debate at 7 p.m. CNN chose who to include based on the results of 14 polls; the top 10 candidates overall, plus Carly Fiorina, who made it into the top 10 after the first debate aired on FOX News in August, made the primetime cut. The full list:

  • Donald Trump
  • Jeb Bush
  • Scott Walker
  • Ben Carson
  • Ted Cruz
  • Marco Rubio
  • Mike Huckabee
  • Rand Paul
  • John Kasich
  • Chris Christie
  • Carly Fiorina

Four candidates who did not break into the top 10 will debate in an earlier time slot, airing on CNN at 5 p.m. CDT. They are: 

  • Rick Santorum
  • Bobby Jindal
  • George Pataki
  • Lindsey Graham

Former governor of Texas Rick Perry was originally slated to appear during the earlier debate, but he announced Friday that he was ending his candidacy. 

Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore did not make the cut for either debate. According to CNN's website: "Candidates were required to average 1 percent support in any three polls released during a two-month window. Out of the 14 polls released during that time, Gilmore had 1 percent support in only one poll."


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Alee Quick is the digital editor for, and the editor of weekly local entertainment guide Scene618. She is an opinion columnist and a member of The Southern Illinoisan editorial board.

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