How To Stream The GOP Debate Online, Because The Seventh Showdown Shouldn’t Be Missed
The seventh Republican primary debate will take place on Thursday from the Iowa Events Center, and it is the final debate before voters gather for the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1. This debate will assuredly be one of the most important events for the GOP candidates, as it is their last chance to impress voters before they are faced with the challenge of coming out as the front-runner in Iowa next week. Fox News will host the upcoming debate, which will be broadcast live on television. Fortunately, if you don't have access to cable, you can stream the Republican debate online on FoxNews.com.
The live stream will be available for free on mobile and desktop devices — and without cable authentication (woot!). Both debates, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET, will be available to watch online on the Fox News website, as well as through Fox News mobile, Fox News Radio, and Fox News Go app. When the debate begins, head over to Fox News or Fox News Business online and there will be a banner at the top of the page directing viewers to the livestream.
According to CNN Money, a record-breaking 24 million viewers tuned in to Fox News when the network hosted the first Republican primary debate on Aug. 6. Fox News worked with Facebook during the first debate to integrate viewers' questions via videos and text submissions. This time around, Fox News is partnering with Google to include real-time data and Google trends during the event, which will reportedly determine questions for the candidates, according to Variety.
By incorporating data from Google searches and trends, viewers will get an in-depth look into what information other viewers are interested in and how popular each candidate is during the event based on Google's updated search trends throughout the debate. On its Politics and Elections blog, Google details how this partnership will provide a unique experience for viewers, especially during a time when the company says political searches increase over 440 percent as voters turn to the search engine to learn more about what's happening on the debate stage:
That's why we're excited to team up with Fox News Channel for the next Republican debate to create a more fun and informative way for people to learn more about the candidates and issues in this primary race. We'll integrate Google Search Trends and questions from the YouTube community into the debate, in addition to live, real-time updates on the Google Trends homepage.
Several YouTube stars, who have yet to be named, will also be able to pose questions to the candidates through videos. YouTube commenters will join the existing hosts, news anchor Megyn Kelly, Special Report anchor Bret Baier, and Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace. Donald Trump is not happy about Kelly moderating another debate, and has actually called for Fox News to remove her from the upcoming event. However, Kelly remains unbiased and has not yet endorsed any candidate.
Being the controversial candidate he is, Trump threatened to host his own event (a one-man, televised town hall) on Thursday night during the debate, according to New York magazine. If that happens, Trump will likely have one of Fox News's rivals air the Trump Town Hall, in which case you would have to look outside Fox News to catch a glimpse of the Donald on his soapbox.