Live fact-checking the second 2024 Republican presidential primary debate: How to watch
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At the first Republican primary debate, eight presidential candidates sparred over climate change, abortion, education and aid to foreign countries.
Now seven contenders will meet again Sept. 27 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, to duke it out on the debate stage.
The leading candidate, former President Donald Trump, plans to skip the second debate and instead deliver a speech to current and former autoworkers union members in Detroit, according to The New York Times. Trump also did not participate in the first debate.
PolitiFact will be live fact-checking the debate here and across social media. Here’s what to know before watching it.
Where can I watch the debate?
The debate will air at 9 p.m. ET on the Fox Business Network and other Fox channels. A Spanish-language version of the debate will air on Univision and stream on ViX. Fox’s Stuart Varney and Dana Perino and Univision’s Ilia Calderón will moderate the debate.
The Republican National Committee has also partnered with Rumble to livestream the second debate.
Which candidates will be at the debate?
Seven candidates have qualified for the second debate: North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.
How can I follow PolitiFact’s fact-checking of the debate?
PolitiFact will fact-check the debate live on our website and across our social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, Threads, TikTok and X (formerly known as Twitter). We will work with our partner ABC News to provide fact-checking of candidates on the ABC debate live blog.
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How has PolitiFact rated the current GOP presidential field on our Truth-O-Meter?
Here’s how PolitiFact has rated statements made by the Republican presidential candidates using our Truth-O-Meter, which helps us rate claims based on their relative accuracy.
- Republican National Committee, "RNC announces candidates for second debate in California," Sept. 25, 2023
- The New York Times, "Trump to Woo Striking Union Members in Detroit, Skipping 2nd G.O.P. Debate," Sept. 18, 2023
- Fox News Media, "FOX News Media’s Stuart Varney & Dana Perino and UNIVISION’s Ilia Calderón to co-moderate second Republican presidential debate on Sept 27," Aug. 30, 2023
- Rumble, "RNC Announces FOX Business Republican Primary Debate with Partners Reagan Foundation, Univision, and Rumble," Aug. 9, 2023
- PolitiFact Truth-O-Meter