The 2016 Presidential election season officially goes into full-swing with the first of the Republican primary debates on Thursday, Aug. 6.
Fox News and Facebook are teaming up for the first event, but with 17 candidates vying for the Republican nomination, there’s a lot to keep track of. Here is a guide of everything you need to know, including where, when and who to watch.
Where and when to watch:
5 p.m. ET — First Debate (FOX News/Online/Facebook) : The current seven undercard candidates — those currently ranked last in five of the most recent polls — will debate first ahead of the primetime debate. Those candidates include: Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former HP head Carly Fiorina, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former New York Gov. George Pataki, and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore.
Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum will moderate. The first debate is scheduled to last one hour.
6 p.m. ET — Online pre-show (Online) : The pre-show will tackle what happened in the first debate as well as prepare viewers for what’s to come in the primetime debate.
9 p.m. ET — Primetime Debate (FOX News/Online/Facebook) : The main event will host the 10 front running candidates: Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace will moderate. The primetime debate is scheduled to last two hours.
11 p.m. ET — Post-debate review (Online) — The wrap-up will evaluate the events of the primetime debate and the first debate and determine a winner for each.
What will be discussed:
With seven candidates in the first debate and 10 in the second, a public agenda for debate topics has not been set. However, Fox News host and debate moderator Bret Baier promises that there will be a wide array of issues — most likely including immigration and foreign policy — will be covered at a rapid pace to allow each candidate a chance to speak.