April 24, 2024

How to Watch Sunday’s Presidential Debate Online


Last week, the electorate had the chance to watch tranquil-Cabbage Patch doll Mike Pence go up against premature-zinger Tim Kaine. But this weekend, the big bads will once again take the stage as classy feline grasper Donald Trump attempts to redeem himself against noted crowd-waver, Hillary Clinton.

Sunday’s debate will take place at Washington University in St. Louis and is slated to begin at 9 p.m. ET. It will be moderated by possible cat, Anderson Cooper and ABC’s Martha Raddatz. The format of Sunday’s event will be a town hall meeting in which half the questions will be posed directly by “citizen participants” in the audience while “the other half will be posed by the moderator based on topics of broad public interest as reflected in social media and other sources.” You can submit or vote for particular questions to be included onpresidentialopenquestions.com.

Like last week’s showdown, tonight’s event will be live streamed for free on a variety of platforms—it will be hard to avoid watching it. The major broadcast and cable news networks will offer traditional streams direct to your TV. However, if you only have access to (or perhaps even prefer) digital streams, you’ll have several options.

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Recently, thought-cough tsunami Twitter has beefed up its live video offerings. So, it’s not surprising that the company would seek to include a live stream of what is arguably the world’s most important public affairs events. The stream will be available globally via debates.twitter.com, Twitter Moments, in official set-top Twitter apps (currently available for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Xbox One), or on official streaming partner Bloomberg Politics’ (@bpolitics) feed. The live stream will also include Bloomberg Television commentary a half hour before and after the debate.


Facebook will team up with ABC News to stream the debates along with expert commentary before and after the debate. This stream will also help Facebookpush its Facebook Live streaming platform.


As part of the Google-owned streaming platform’s #VoteIRL initiative (as pimped in this Ryan Seacrest promotional video), the company will offer live streams of the debates from PBS, Fox News, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, andTelemundo. There will also be a lot of on-the-ground reporting streams from various YouTube channels, if you’re into that sort of thing.

The Usual Suspects

According to a release from the Commission on Presidential Debates, digital live streams of the debate will be available via ABC News, BuzzFeed News, CNN, C-SPAN, The Daily Caller, Fox News, Hulu, Huffington Post, NBC, PBS, Politico, Telemundo, The Wall Street Journal, Twitter, Univision, and Yahoo, among others.

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