While the first debate set a debate record, attracting about 84 million viewers some predict tonight’s second US presidential debate promises to draw even more attention than the first.
Facebook Live will play a major role in debate coverage, with numerous major news outlets using it as their streaming platform of choice. BuzzFeed, CNBC, C-SPAN, Fox News, the New York Times, PBS, Telemundo and Univision should also be streaming on Facebook.
Twitter is once again determined to be a one-stop shop for live debate coverage. You can watch on the web at debates.twitter.com, and Twitter’s official mobile apps will help you tune in when you’re on the move.
You’d better believe that you’ll have an abundance of YouTube streams to watch. Bloomberg, Fox News, NBC News, PBS, Telemundo and the Washington Post should all have live feeds on Google’s video site, complete with commentary in many cases. And if you’re more interested in observation than raw candidate banter, outfits like Complex and The Young Turks can help you out.
Naturally, some of the bigger names in conventional media are streaming the debate through their own portals alongside (or in some cases, instead of) third-party services. ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox Business and Reuters should have streams through their websites and mobile apps. As in previous debates, though, you may need to authenticate your TV subscription when using certain apps, such as ABC‘s regular app.
Viewers without a cable subscription can view the debate live on CNN.com, for free and without a cable provider login.
Satellite radio subscribers can listen to the debate live on more than a dozen SiriusXM channels, including CNBC (Ch. 112) and CNN (Ch. 116).
Unlike the first presidential debate, the second one is in a town hall style format. Half of the questions will be asked by audience members at the debate and the other half will be asked by Raddatz and Cooper. Clinton and Trump will both have two minutes to respond to the questions and then there will be another minute for the moderators to ask follow-up questions and advance the discussion.
The town hall participants in the audience are uncommitted voters and were picked by the Gallup polling organization.
The moderators for the debate will be Martha Raddatz, chief global affairs correspondent for ABC’s “This Week,” and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.
Neither Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson or Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein passed the 15 percent polling threshold required to qualify for the debate. The Commission on Presidential Debates’ Board of Directors, with the help of Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport, said Clinton qualified with 44.8 percent and Trump with 40.8 percent. Johnson and Stein polled at 7.4 percent and 2.6 percent respectively.
Tune in to see the second presidential debate at 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm CT on Sunday, October 9th.