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Watch tonight's presidential debate with NBC News

With only 20 days until Election Day, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney debate for the second time Tuesday in a town hall setting live from Hempstead, N.Y.  We’ll carry the debate live on NBC News along with post-debate analysis and The Truth Squad, but you can also get the full debate experience away from the television.

As we’ve seen throughout the first two debates of the 2012 season, voters are turning online to social media platforms in record numbers to provide feedback in real-time as the candidates’ debate the issues on-air.

Consider this your viewers guide to follow, like, fan and participate in the second presidential debate.

NBCPolitics.com and the NBC Politics App

NBCPolitics.com and the NBC Politics app (available on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) will livestream the debate and provide full analysis before, during and after the candidates speak in New York.

NBC Politics app for iPad and iPhone.

Social TV

NBC News will again optimize an experience with new second-screen platform Zeebox. Within the app, users will have a curated view of real-time social media reaction along with the ability to share images, quotes and more from the debate as it happens. For more information, visit zeebox.com.

Zeebox social TV app


Additionally, check-in to NBC News Presidential Debate coverage on GetGlue and get rewarded with an exclusive sticker. For those checking into a second debate this season with NBC News, you’ll gain an extra limited edition sticker to reward your participation.


On-Air Social Integration

NBC News will again utilize Mass Relevance technology to integrate social media on-air during the analysis portion of our broadcast (not during the debate portion). Want to be a part of the conversation and potentially see your tweets on-air? Be sure to tweet along using the hashtag #NBCPolitics.

Truth Squad

Across all platforms, NBC News has formed an editorial team called “The Truth Squad.” Through real-time social media updates during the debates and further reporting and analysis afterwards, the team will be focused on fact-checking all statements from the candidates.


Viewers can be a part of the experience on Twitter by following and joining the conversation using the hashtag #NBCPolitics and by following @NBCPolitics and @NBCNews.


Turn to NBC News and NBC Politics on Facebook for a livestream of the debate in its entirety. In addition, check back for highlights, polls, analysis and more commentary both during and after the event.


The NBC News Xbox application will also be live streaming the presidential and vice-presidential debates for the 2012 election season. Users with an Xbox Live Gold membership can watch the uninterrupted debates stream inside the application.

NBC News app for Xbox 360

 Crimson Hexagon Social Analysis

We're tracking social media commentary on the presidential candidates using a natural-language tool called ForSight, developed by Crimson-Hexagon Inc. Results are culled from all Twitter messages and a sampling of Facebook posts each day, and reflect not national opinion but a broader look at what's being said by Americans who follow politics and are active on Facebook, Twitter or both, and why they're saying it. Read more about what people said during last week’s vice presidential debate here.

A look at the candidates as viewed through social media with the help of Crimson Hexagon.