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How to watch the final presidential debate with NBC News

In their third and final showdown before Election Day, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney debate Monday night with a focus on foreign policy beginning at 9 p.m. ET, live from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. With just over two weeks until Election Day, the debate will be crucial for both candidates, who were tied nationally in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, released Sunday. We’ll carry the debate live on NBC News and your local affiliate along with post-debate analysis and The Truth Squad, but you can also get the full debate experience away from the television.

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

Online-Only Debate Pre-Show at 8:45pm ET/5:45pm PT

Tune to NBCNews.com and NBCPolitics.com at 8:45pm ET/5:45pm PT for a special 15-minute debate pre-show, featuring “NBC Nightly News” and “Rock Center” managing editor Brian Williams, “Meet the Press” moderator  David Gregory and “TODAY” co-host Savannah Guthrie, along with various others reporting from the debate site in Boca Raton, Florida.

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.

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. Not yet using Zeebox? For more information, visit zeebox.com.


Additionally, be sure check-in to NBC News Presidential Debate coverage on GetGlue and continue to be rewarded with another 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. Read more about what The Truth Squad found in their deep dive into the second presidential debate last Tuesday here.


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 be live streaming the final presidential debate as a part of their coverage for the 2012 election season. Users with an Xbox Live Gold membership can watch the uninterrupted debates stream inside the application.

 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 presidential debate and what it all means in analysis by NBC News’ Alex Johnson here, and turn to NBCNews.com on Tuesday for reaction to this debate.