How to watch Tuscaloosa Republican presidential debate: Start time, channel, moderators

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Tuscaloosa will host its first-ever Republican presidential primary debate on Dec. 6.

This will mark the GOP's fourth debate among candidates seeking the party's nomination in the 2024 presidential race. Previous debates were held in Wisconsin, California and Florida.

More: GOP debate to be held in University of Alabama's Moody Music Building

The Tuscaloosa debate will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the University of Alabama's Frank Moody Music Building, 810 Second Ave. The lineup of candidates has not been set.

Moody Music Hall on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa will be the site of the Republican Presidential Debate Dec. 6, 2023.
Moody Music Hall on the campus of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa will be the site of the Republican Presidential Debate Dec. 6, 2023.

Party leaders have set these requirements for participation in the Tuscaloosa debate:

  • Participants must have reached at least 6% in two approved national polls, or 6% in one national poll with 6% in one early state poll from two separate early-voting states (Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, South Carolina). Polling requirement must be met no later than 48 hours before the Dec. 6 debate, so the final slate for Tuscaloosa won't be confirmed until Dec. 4 or after.

  • Have at least 80,000 unique donors, with at least 200 unique donors per state or territory in 20 or more states or territories, which is more than the 70,000 required for the Nov. 8 debate held in Miami.

  • Sign pledges not to participate in any non-RNC-sanctioned debates; to support the eventual nominee; agreeing to the RNC data-sharing agreement. All must be signed and turned in no later than 48 hours before Dec. 6.

Here's what you need to know about the Tuscaloosa debate:

What time is the next Republican presidential debate?

The fourth GOP primary debate will occur on Wednesday, Dec. 6 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Central time in Tuscaloosa.

How to watch the next Republican debate

The debate will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. Central time and 8 p.m. Eastern on broadcast network The CW and on NewsNation's cable presence, and live-streamed on and Rumble. Viewers in Mountain and Pacific time zones will be able to watch the debate live on NewsNation or see an encore presentation on CW television affiliates from 7-9 p.m. MT and 8-10 p.m. PT. Audio can be heard on SiriusXM Triumph channel 111.

Who is moderating the next Republican presidential primary debate?

Megyn Kelly of Sirius XM, Elizabeth Vargas of NewsNation, and Eliana Johnson, editor-in-chief of the Washington Free Beacon, will moderate the fourth GOP primary debate on Dec. 6.

Kelly, formerly of Fox News and NBC News, moderated the first 2016 Republican presidential primary debate, which drew a record 84 million viewers. Vargas anchors "Elizabeth Vargas Reports" on NewsNation and is a former anchor of the ABC news magazine "20/20." Before joining journalism website the Free Beacon, backed by billionaire hedge fund manager and conservative activist Paul Singer, Johnson served as White House political correspondent for Politico.

Republican debate candidates: Who is participating?

The Republican National Committee has announced the lineup for the Tuscaloosa debate:

  • Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

  • Tech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy

  • Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley

  • Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Will Donald Trump be at the next GOP debate?

Former president Donald Trump has been a no-show at the three previous debates and that won't change for the Tuscaloosa debate.

In fact, Trump and his political committees plan to hold a closed-door event with donors in Hallandale Beach, Florida, on Dec. 6, the campaign said, the same day as the Tuscaloosa debate.

Trump has cited his strong lead in the polls is reason enough for him to not participate in the debates.

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This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: What to know about the Republican presidential debate in Tuscaloosa