Today so far, we at KQED have received four different phone calls from readers and listeners wanting to know what time the Republican debate starts this evening. For a town filled with Democrats, that’s a lot of interest!
Fox News will host the debate this evening in Cleveland. It starts at 9 p.m. Eastern Time -- that’s 6 p.m. Pacific Time. A preliminary contest began at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT.
Indicative of soaring interest in our blue metropolis, a GOP debate screening at The New Parkway Theater in Oakland is already sold out.
But it appears you can still buy a ticket for the “Republican Debate and Circus Watch Party,” hosted by the San Francisco Democratic Party. (Ticket prices are tiered; levels of giving include “Clown Car Engineer,” “Elephant Trainer” or “Ringmaster.”)
In case you were hoping to watch the debate with actual Republicans, you might be disappointed. The SFGOP watch party at the Presidio Private Golf Club is already sold out.