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January Democratic Debate live stream: How to watch Warren, Sanders right now

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Here we go: the January Democratic debate is starting as you read this. It's the last before the Iowa caucuses, and see the top candidates getting a chance to set their narratives towards success. In the aftermath of major world news, the big concern tonight is how senators Bernie Sanders (VT) and Elizabeth Warren (MA) might finally come to verbal fisticuffs after months of playing things nicely.

Sanders has a decent lead in some polls, but it's been within tight enough windows for his position to turn on a dime. And you can bet that means that all of the other candidates are going to paint a target on the Vermont senator. 

Since we've kinda got impeachment in the rear-view window — at least until the Senate trial begins — the other major Trumpian element that might come into play is the seemingly-avoided war with Iran. None of these remaining candidates will likely differ on this topic, though. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Sanders will stand in the middle of the stage, according to a CNN report. This helps frame the front-runners.

When is the latest Democratic debate?

Right now — 9 p.m. Eastern | 6 p.m. Pacific — the January debate is starting at the Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. It airs on CNN. Yes, those in the U.K. are staying up until 2 a.m. GMT, which even I couldn't do for this debate.
The debate will end at 11:15 p.m. Eastern | 8:15 p.m. Pacific.

Tonight's Democratic debate lineup

  • Joe Biden (former vice president)
  • Pete Buttigieg (South Bend, IN mayor)
  • Amy Klobuchar (MN senator)
  • Bernie Sanders (VT senator)
  • Tom Steyer (billionaire)
  • Elizabeth Warren (MA senator)

Since the last debate, tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang left the stage group, getting eliminated due to low poll numbers. Yang himself is arguing that this is unfair, claiming there wasn't enough polling conducted to give him a chance.

Cory Booker's gone from missing at the debate to M.I.A. in general, suspending his campaign for president. 

Neither Deval Patrick (former governor, Massachusetts) and Mike Bloomberg (former mayor, New York) have polled well enough to appear at the debate.

How can I watch the Democratic debates online?

Tonight's Democratic debate airs on CNN (including CNN International and CNN en Español)

CNN is on Hulu With Live TV, YouTube TV, Sling TV and AT&T TV Now (the former DirecTV Now).

Where can I live stream Tuesday's Democratic debate?

For starters, you can just simply fire up CNN.com — where it will stream free for all. If you watch directly from CNN's iOS or Android apps, or the CNNgo app on Amazon Fire, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast or Roku — you won't even need to log in with a cable company account to watch the debate. 

You can also watch the debate through one of the below streaming services:

AT&T TV Now: The service formerly known as DirecTV starts at $65 a month, and this Plus package includes CNN.View Deal

Hulu + Live TV: Hulu's $55 monthly package includes CNN in its live streaming service. A cloud DVR lets you record and watch things later.View Deal

YouTube TV: You'll find CNN among the 70-plus channels YouTube TV includes for $50 a month. And YouTube TV is another streaming service that boasts a cloud DVR feature.View Deal

Looking for the most affordable way to watch the debate and other live TV channels? Sling TV (starting at $30) is the only service with a price under $50, and the first month of service costs only $20. View Deal

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If, by chance, you're on vacation, and you want to use one of those streaming services you've already paid for, you might be shut out. Location-based blackout issues stop services from working when you're out of the country, but a VPN (a virtual private network) can help you connect through a U.S. server, as if you were back at home.

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