How to watch the second presidential debate online for a cozy debate and chill
The first presidential debate broke all kinds of ratings records, because, hello, entertainment factor, but probably also because of how accessible it was to audiences. The second promises to be no different, and here’s how to watch the second presidential debate online. Surely by now you’ve noticed something of a pattern: instead of merely being broadcast on ABC, CNN, NBC, Fox, C-SPAN, etc. on TV sets, both the first presidential debate and the vice-presidential debate were also streamed by Facebook Live and Twitter, while YouTube allowed outlets like The Washington Post, among others, to stream the debate live with their own anchors and commentary.
Thankfully, the second debate will be the same because society is finally starting to recognize that millennials matter and are certainly going to influence this election. That being said, you can stream the second debate on all the same previously mentioned outlets, and this time, you’ll be able to watch the debate from BuzzFeed News, The Daily Caller, Hulu, The Huffington Post, Politico, Telemundo, and The Wall Street Journal. The options for the TV-less are almost endless.
Given the particular, unique conditions around this second debate, it’s understandable why it’s so widely available to audiences online. This time around, the dialogue is largely going to be steered by pre-submit audience questions.
The debate will be formatted in a town hall style, in which Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump will field questions by CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC’s Martha Raddatz on “topics of broad public interest as reflected in social media and other sources,” according to the Commission of Presidential Debates.
The form to submit questions at PresidentialOpenQuestions.com remains open so long as questions can be asked to both candidates. Users then vote on the questions, and the top 30 will be considered by ABC and CNN to potentially be asked of candidates Sunday evening. Given how involved everyday internet users will be in steering the conversation, it makes sense that they’re clearly being encouraged to watch the debate, too.
The debate will air Sunday evening from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Given Raddatz’s strong background in global affairs and the military, expect foreign policy and the commander-in-chief’s duties to come up at some point and, inevitably with that conversation, yet another heated argument between Clinton and Trump on temperament. Cooper and his solid history of tough questions and calling out both sides will inevitably dominate the debate too, and hopefully with two moderators this time around, a certain candidate with a penchant for yelling and interrupting will be better reined in. We’ll see.