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Where to watch the first 2012 presidential debate live online

This Wednesday, President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney are going to face off in the first of three televised presidential debates. The two candidates will meet at the University of Denver to answer questions around foreign domestic policy, and the whole spectacle will be moderated by Jim Lehrer.

The debate will be aired by a multitude of TV channels, including ABC, CNN and PBS, starting at 6 p.m. PT (9p.m. ET). Of course, there are also going to be a number of live streams as well as second-screen experiences. Check out our definitive guide to watching the debate online below:

We will update this post with new links right up to the start of the debate.

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Image courtesy of Flickr user League of Women Voters of California.

37 Responses to “Where to watch the first 2012 presidential debate live online”

  1. Reblogged this on THE ISLAND JOURNAL and commented:
    Are you away from your TV when Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are going to face off during their first presidential debate this Wednesday? No worries, plenty of sites are providing live streams, combined with realt-ime fact checking and mobile cheering and booing.

    This Wednesday, President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney are going to face off in the first of three televised presidential debates. The two candidates will meet at the University of Denver to answer questions around foreign domestic policy, and the whole spectacle will be moderated by Jim Lehrer.

  2. Romney is cheating. He has some kind of device he is looking at to get ideas and things to say. Someone should stop this tragedy of justice and ethics.
    He is not as good would like to appear to be

  3. Hey Janko!
    Thanks for this very thorough list, and for mentioning Ponderoo. We wear your description of our app (“somewhat experimental, but intriguingly simple interface”) with pride.

    We believe anything that gets more people involved with this election is a good thing. There are lots of good social app options out there to voice your opinion. If you want a simple way to voice your constantly-evolving opinion as the debate progresses, give us a shot.

  4. Katherine

    When will the debates be rerun on TV and how quickly will we be able to watch the debates on youtube and these other sources? We have a meeting from 7-8:30 MT and everyone is saying they are bagging out on the meeting to watch the debate. I want to rerun it at 9:00 MT. What’s the best solution?

  5. We are going to be collecting all the opinions of journalists, bloggers, public figures (online as well as on air) to figure out who they think “won” . . . (www.unfold.com) will be updated throughout the night and the next day. Am curious to see if there is going to be general consensus or if the opinions generated will just be along party lines!
    (And for those that want more background on the topics and what the opinion breakdown was prior to the debates and if opinion shifted afterwards, we’ll have info on that too!)
    Here’s to hoping for some substantive dialogue!

  6. Really cool reblog! Also, later today I’m going to run out to DIA and take a pic of an empty chair strapped to the roof of my car with DIA in the background…a sign that says (needs some help here with sign) “OK… Obama has been picked up and is on his way to the debate at DU.” And take some pics along the way.

  7. I have to work during the debate. Is there a way to watch it later online? I would imagine the NYTimes site will have it up… but I don’t want to chance it. I don’t have DVR where I am… so I may actually try and locate a VCR! Let me know if someone will have the whole debate online…

  8. Stace Dayment

    A lot of streaming media doesn’t show up in Canada (it can read our Canadian ip address) – do you know of any live streams that can be viewed internationally?