Republican Debate Tonight: What Time & Channel Is It On?

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Ted Cruz, here with Donald Trump at a previous debate, will take on Trump tonight in Miami. (Getty)

With Ted Cruz taking back some of the Donald Trump momentum with a few big wins, eyes turn to Miami, Florida, for the next Republican debate. It’s the hometown, and the University of Miami site the law school alma mater, of Marco Rubio, who desperately needs to impress his neighbors to stay alive in the GOP race. The debate will start at 8:30 p.m. on CNN, and will be moderated by CNN’s Jake Tapper, with Dana Bash, Hugh Hewitt and Stephen Dinan joining as questioners. The debate will be live streamed through CNN Go. (Click here for a full breakdown of how you can watch online with or without a cable log-in.)

Here’s what you need to know:

DATE: March 10, 2016

TIME: 8:30 p.m. Eastern


LIVE STREAM: Click here for a rundown of how you can watch online.

MODERATORS: Jake Tapper, with Dana Bash, Hugh Hewitt and Stephen Dinan

LOCATION: University of Miami

DEBATE PREVIEW: It’s a crucial point in the race for both candidates, as Ted Cruz tries to stop the Trump train while Marco Rubio and John Kasich try to hold on. A few issues we can expect to come up tonight:

  • Hispanic Issues: Miami has one of the largest Hispanic populations in the country, meaning that Donald Trump’s immigration rhetoric will surely play a major role, as it did last night for the Democrats. Meanwhile, whether tossed up as a softball or packaged in a more substantive policy question, expect Rubio and Cruz to field questions about their Cuban heritage.
  • Last Chances: Rubio and John Kasich are losing their home states, and their path to the nomination is narrowing almost to zero. Amid whispers of a “unity ticket” that can stop Trump, Rubio at least will certainly be asked about his future.
  • Trump Violence: With journalists and activists alleging violence against them at Trump events, he’s very likely to face questions about what’s going on in his campaign.