How to watch the vice presidential debate online if you’re over actual TVs
Last week’s first presidential debate broke records with historically massive ratings (hello, it was the first time a woman and reality TV star stood on a national debate stage), in part because of the entertainment factor and unprecedented nature of the spectacle, but also probably because it was made widely available through online streaming. Whether or not the vice presidential debate on Tuesday will attract the same mass viewership is to be seen, but you can also watch the vice presidential debate online, which means there’s no reason anyone with access to the internet shouldn’t be able to catch it.
This election will be the first time countless millennials are able to vote, and the media is pulling out all the stops to make it accessible to a generation that thrives on social media and has long abandoned the standard television set in favor of online streaming. That being said, like the first presidential debate, the first and only vice presidential debate will be available on YouTube, as NBC News, The Washington Post, Telemundo, and Fox News will all stream the debate live on their channels.
As if that didn’t give you enough options, Twitter, in collaboration with Bloomberg, will also be streaming the debate even for those without Twitter log-ins, and will feature Bloomberg’s pre- and post-debate commentary on the homepage. ABC News, Fox News, C-SPAN, The New York Times, CNBC, and Telemundo will all stream the debate as well with their own commentary and watch parties with their respective anchors. The options are limitless.
The vice presidential debate will be a must-watch not only because it will offer further insight into Tim Kaine and Mike Pence’s already relatively well-known stances on the issues and backgrounds, but it will offer a deeper sense of their abilities to communicate, persuade, and argue the values of their respective tickets. Important stuff in an election season that has been so powerfully dominated by yelling, indiscriminate Twitter rants, and hate speech.
It’s also bound to be less distracting since one orange man-child will notably be absent from the stage, although, let’s face it, Donald Trump’s Twitter is going to be blowing up with insults about Kaine all night, and it’s going to be simultaneously glorious and cringe-worthy.
The debate will be moderated by CBS News’ Elaine Quijano, one of the youngest national debate moderators in history, and the first Asian-American moderator of a national debate. Quijano’s political leanings remain mysterious, and it’s anyone’s guess what she’ll ask Tuesday night.
The debate will begin at 9 p.m. ET, although all channels streaming it, either through YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or traditional broadcast TV channels, will be locked and loaded with pre- and post-debate commentary. You’ll be able to find plenty of commentary and coverage here at The Frisky, too.