What time does the presidential debate start tonight and how can you watch the Clinton and Trump showdown if you aren’t near a television? Aside from a long list of TV and cable networks that will be broadcasting the debate live on Monday night, the 90-minute event will be shown via live stream on three of the most popular social media sites — Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
Whether you are having a debate viewing party with friends and family or watching with your dog, you will be part of what the Economist calls the “most watched presidential slugfest to date.” And, aside from a big screen television and a comfy couch, there’s no better way to watch Clinton and Trump talk-the-talk than via a social media live stream. There are multiple YouTube channels that will be streaming live (see list below) and both Facebook and Twitter will be interactive, allowing viewers to praise or gripe about two of the most controversial presidential candidates in recent history.
Scroll down for the viewing options for Monday night’s presidential debate that starts at 9 p.m. ET, including links to all of the live streams on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube and a list of TV channels just in case you end up going the traditional route and watching in the comfort of your home.
According to USA Today, Monday night’s slugfest will start promptly at 9 p.m. ET and end at 10:30 p.m. ET. NBC anchor Lester Holt will be moderating and viewers can expect him to cover a wide range of questions that fall under the main topic — “America’s Direction, Achieving Prosperity, (and) Securing America.”
Find the live stream links for the Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube below, but first, find a list of television stations for those who prefer watching Clinton and Trump on the big screen instead of a mobile device or computer.
TV: If you are going to watch at home or at your local bar, most major news networks and cable news outlets will be broadcasting the event from Hofstra University on New York’s Long Island. Take your pick from ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS Univision, CNN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Fusion, and C-SPAN. Many of these networks have mobile apps, so if you want to watch on your smartphone or tablet, head over to your favorite network’s website and check out the live stream options (note — cable subscription may be required to connect).
Facebook: According to Variety, Facebook has partnered with ABC News to provide live streaming video of tonight’s debate. Head over to the Facebook Live broadcast to watch on your computer or mobile device. Pre-debate coverage starts at 7 p.m. ET, followed by the main event at 9 p.m. ET. Viewer comments, questions, and discussions will be part of ABC’s Facebook Live coverage tonight, so it’s a great way to be interactive while you watch Trump and Clinton duke it out.
Twitter: If you’re not on Twitter, you may want to create an account right now. Not only is the social media site streaming the debate, there will be plenty of entertaining tweets while Clinton and Trump are on stage during the 90-minute debate.
Watch the 2016 presidential debate live on debates.twitter.com, via the Twitter Moments feature, or on Bloomberg’s Twitter account@bpolitics (see live feed below). It’s not Twitter if you don’t use hashtags, so use #debatenight, #debate, and #Election2016 to search for related tweets or when you tweet about tonight’s political showdown.
YouTube: Six major news outlets will be live streaming the debate tonight including The Washington Post, Bloomberg, NBC News, PBS, Fox News, and Telemundo. This is a great way to watch on your phone if you are traveling, at work, or on a bad date and need a diversion. As long as you have WiFi, you will be able to watch the live stream via one of the YouTube channels listed above or via the video stream below from NBC News.
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