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How to stream tonight’s presidential debate for free on Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter

No cable or satellite account required!


Mike Wehner


Posted on Sep 26, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 10:32 pm CDT

Tonight is the long-awaited, first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, and you can watch it online for free. All the major social networks are getting in on the action and partnering with various television networks and news organizations for the big event, so pick your favorite and strap yourself in by 9pm ET, 6pm PT. 


Google’s video monolith will be streaming the debate tonight in three different flavors via partnership with NBC, Bloomberg Politics, and the Washington Post. You can even watch the NBC version of the stream right here. 

The only differences between them will be the pre-event coverage and analysis after the debates wrap up. The video feed of the debate itself should be identical regardless of which stream you choose. 


Facebook’s coverage of the debate comes thanks to a partnership with ABC News. The broadcasting company will be hosting a stream of the event via its primary Facebook page

In addition to watching the debate live, Facebook users will be able to submit questions for the candidates for future debates. 


Twitter has really been going full-steam-ahead on live events as of late. If the social network’s Thursday Night Football features weren’t enough to convince you of that, they’re also going to host tonight’s political head-to-head

Twitter’s coverage comes via a partnership with Bloomberg Politics, and users will see both the live stream of the event and a custom Twitter timeline showing all #debates tweets in real-time.

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*First Published: Sep 26, 2016, 10:50 am CDT