Republican Debate Tonight: How to Watch Online for Free

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Donald Trumo and Marco Rubio, here 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.

There are a couple of options for viewers looking to watch the town hall online. Here’s a rundown:


If You’re in the United States & Don’t Have a Cable or Satellite Log-In

On the Web:

If you’re in the United States and don’t have access to a cable or satellite log-in, you can watch the town hall through Sling TV, an online streaming service that provides access to select channels for a monthly fee. The service’s Best of Live TV package, which includes CNN, costs $20 a month. But if you’re looking for a way to watch the town hall for free, you can do so with Sling’s free 7-day trial. . Click here to sign up for Sling TV. You’ll need to enter your credit card information when signing up, but if you cancel your subscription before the trial period ends, you will not be charged.

With an App:

If you sign up for the free Sling trial, you can watch the town hall on the Sling app, which you can download for free in the App store or the Google Play store. There’s also a Sling app for Roku, Chromecast, Nexus player, ZTE and XBox One. Click here for a full list of compatible devices. The service’s Best of Live TV package costs $20 a month. But if you’re looking for a way to watch for free, you can do so with Sling’s free 7-day trial. Click here to sign up for Sling TV. You’ll need to enter your credit card information when signing up, but if you cancel your subscription before the trial period ends, you will not be charged.


If You’re in the United States or Mexico & Have a Cable or Satellite Log-In

On the Web:

If you have the log-in info for a cable or satellite subscription that includes CNN, you can use that to watch the town hall for free at go.CNN.com.

With an App:

If you you have log-in info for a cable or satellite subscription that includes CNN, you can use that to watch the town hall for free on a phone, tablet or connected TV via the CNN Go app, which you can download for free in the App Store, the Google Play store, the Amazon App store or the Windows Store.

A lot of issues have come to the fore between now and the previous debate, and we can expect a few topics to come up:

  • 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.