CNN Republican presidential debate and Trump town hall: How to watch online

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks to guests during a rally at Clinton Middle School on January 06, 2024 in Clinton, Iowa. Iowa Republicans will be the first to select their party's nomination for the 2024 presidential race when they go to caucus on January 15, 2024. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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The fifth Republican primary debate is almost here, as is former president Donald Trump's competing town hall event. Only two candidates will take part in the debate in Iowa, which takes place less than a week before the important Iowa caucus on Jan. 15.

Debate and town hall start time, TV channels

5th Republican debate: 9 p.m. ET on CNN
Trump town hall: 9 p.m. ET on Fox News
• U.S. — Watch both channels via Sling or Fubo
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk-free

The debate is hosted by CNN and is being moderated by network anchors Jake Tapper and Dana Bash. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will take the stage in Iowa as the only two candidates, aside from Trump, who qualified for the debate. Previous debate participants like conservative entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, didn’t make the cut.

But while Trump is the frontrunner leading the Iowa caucus polls, he is skipping the debate to appear on a Fox News town hall instead — on the same day and at the same time. The town hall will be moderated by Fox News personalities Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.

Trump has not participated in any debates so far and in October, urged the Republican National Committee to cancel any remaining debates. 

Here's how you can watch either or both events.

How to watch the 5th Republican primary debate and Trump town hall from anywhere on Earth

If you're away from home, and unable to use the services you already pay for, you don't have to miss the 5th Republican primary debate and Trump town hall. Watching along with the rest of the internet can be pretty easy. With the right VPN (virtual private network), you can stream the debate from wherever you go.

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How to watch the Republican debate and Trump town hall in the U.S.

The 5th Republican presidential debate and Trump town hall take place Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. 

The debate is airing on CNN; the town hall is on Fox News. 

Both channels are available with most cable TV packages, but if you've cut the cord, you can find them on some of the best cable TV alternatives that stream live TV. Our top picks are Sling TV and FuboTV, which carry both CNN and Fox News.

Sling is less expensive, but with fewer channels. Meanwhile, Fubo has over 120 channels, including all broadcast networks and dozens of top cable brands.

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Fubo is a great alternative to a cable package. With the Pro Plan ($75 per month), you get over 90 channels, including local broadcast networks and top cable channels like CNN, Fox News and ESPN.

How to watch the 5th Republican primary debate and Trump town hall in Canada, UK and Australia

Viewers around the world can watch either event on CNN or Fox News if they have access to those channels with their local TV packages. 

CNN is also live streaming the debate through its website and mobile apps. Likely, Fox News will do the same with Trump's town hall.

If you're traveling abroad and want to use one of the streaming services you pay for, ExpressVPN can help.

Kelly Woo
Streaming Editor

Kelly is the streaming channel editor for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.