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Live streams of the presidential debate? Check. Second screen apps that let you voice your opinion about either candidate’s performance? Got it. Live-teweeting fact-checkers? Of course. A debate drinking game? Cheers! Our ultimate guide to watching the second presidential debate got all your needs covered.

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It will be two out of three for President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney Tuesday night as they meet in Hempstead, New York, for the second of three presidential debates. This debate will be held town-hall style, meaning that people in the audience can ask the candidates their own question, so things could get interesting.

Not in front of your TV when the debate airs at 9p.m. ET / 6p.m. PT? No worries, we collected numerous options to stream the entire event on your computer, iPad or mobile phone. And this time, we’re adding some other ways to stay engaged with the debate, like options for post-debate analysis. Check out our ultimate guide to watching the second presidential debate live online below:

Where to watch it live

What to do during the debate

  • The rules both parties agreed on ahead of the debate can be found here.
  • The Peel companion app will allow Android users to digitally cheer and boo during the debate, and see how others like the performance of both candidates.
  • Ponderoo does something similar for iOS, but with a more playful UI.
  • ConnecTV will poll users of its second screen app (available for iPad, Windows and OS X) in real time about the performance of both candidates.
  • Al Jazeera English once again teamed up with Reddit for context and commentary during the debate.
  • Twitter is providing curated tweets on its #debates micro-site.
  • PolitiFact and Factcheck.org will be fact checking the debate in real time on Twitter – follow their accounts @politifact and @factcheckdotorg to see whether both candidates are telling the truth.
  • The Sunlight Foundation will again fact check the debate in real time and provide a live stream with contextual data as part of its Sunlight Live project.
  • The Debate Drinking Game is a less serious take on the rhetorics used during the event (please drink responsibly).

Where to catch up on the debate

  • Archived streams: Hulu, PBS Newshour, C-SPAN and many of the other sites mentioned above are making an archived stream of the entire event available after it concludes. Please let us know in the comments below if you can find the site where it goes up first!
  • Transcript: The Commission on Presidential Debates will host a transcript of the debate on its site.

We will update this post with new links right up to the start of the debate. Let us know in the comments if you come across any other good resources!

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  1. Thanks so much

  2. I am unemployed, but thanks to a DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT my sons father kept his job at General Motors. Romney owned businesses that he closed WHILE OBAMA IN OFFICE THAT RAISED THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE.

  3. A lot of the streams are still live right now with post-debate stuff..

    Just got off work and found I can start from beginning at http://new.livestream.com/USElection2012/SecondPresidentialDebate/videos/4925384

  4. Up on CSPAN 30 min after debate

  5. C-SPAN has an archived version of tonight’s debate ready to watch: http://www.c-span.org/Debates/

  6. C-SPAN has the video up now

  7. Cspan has it up now, in 13 different segments

  8. just checked, pbs newshour has it in one whole clip

  9. NBC Politics has the video up now.

  10. TuneIn almost always has the audio from varied sources.

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