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How to watch the CNN Republican debate online

CNN will stream Tuesday's Republican debate online for free. Here's what you need to know.

Jason Cipriani
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Republican hopefuls at a previous CNBC debate in Boulder, Colorado.

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On Tuesday, December 15, CNN will host a debate featuring Republican presidential candidates in Las Vegas, Nevada. Among the topics up for debate, candidates will chat national security and global terrorism according to CNN.

Naturally, the debate will be broadcast by CNN for those with a cable subscription. However, for those without access to CNN you're in luck: CNN is going to live stream the debate through its website and mobile apps for everyone to watch.

You can find a link to the respective app for your mobile platform of choice on this webpage. Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8 and Kindle Fire are all supported. If you'd rather watch the debate on your computer, point your browser to CNN's homepage where you'll find the debate.

As for the mobile app, users will need to open the menu and select "Watch Live TV" from the list of options. Typically CNN requires users to provide login credentials for a cable provider, but this requirement will be waived during the debate.

There will be two different debates, with the first starting at 3 p.m. PT, 6 p.m. ET and the second beginning 5:30 p.m. PT, 8:30 p.m. ET. The live stream will run from 2 to 8 p.m. PT (5 to 11 p.m. ET).

CNN has invited the following candidates to participate in the debate: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum and Donald Trump.

In addition, CBS News will be airing live Republican debate coverage, with analysis before, during and after the debate.

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