How to watch the presidential debate online, because no one has time for real TVs
Since the 2016 election has felt like a decade-long saga, it’s almost shocking that the first presidential debate is just now happening. Maybe because the primaries had 20,000 contestants (yes, it was basically a reality game show) and the debates were emotionally and mentally draining for everyone. At long last, we’re nearing the end of the general election and all need to know how to watch the presidential debate online Monday night, because absolutely no one has the time or money for an actual TV.
Luckily, it’s much easier than with the primary debates. According to the Commission on Presidential Debates, all the major networks will be streaming the debate online — ABC News, Buzzfeed News, CBS News, CNN, C-SPAN, The Daily Caller, Fox News, Hulu, The Huffington Post, NBC, PBS, Politico, Telemundo, The Wall Street Journal, Univision, and Yahoo will all have a stream of the can’t-miss shindig on their website, and most on their app as well. However, broadcast news stations like CNN and ABC News will likely only allow a limited amount of free viewing time before requesting your cable login (which most without a TV don’t have, obviously).
The next best option is to livestream the debate on YouTube, which partnered with PBS, Telemundo, and The Washington Post to post their broadcasts.
If social media is more your style, you also have plenty of options to go that route. Facebook partnered with ABC News to livestream the first debate and will also include two hours of coverage before it kicks off at 9 p.m. ET.
Similarly, Twitter will be working with Bloomberg Media to show the event as it happens on debates.twitter.com and on Bloomberg Media’s politics account (@bpolitics). It will add 30 minutes of commentary before and after the actual debate to keep the fun going.
If you don’t want to subject yourself to the live image of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump duking it out on stage at Hofstra University, you can follow along on Snapchat’s debate story bound to show what it’s like to actually be in the room with the candidates. You can also follow political journalists and news outlets on Twitter to get live updates without having to see the candidates’ faces or hear Trump’s nails-on-a-chalkboard voice.
Regardless of how you tune in, just make sure you do. Even if you know you’re not voting for an oompa loompa man-child in November, it’s important to know what each potential leader of the nation wants to do in office.