It goes without saying that the four upcoming debates in the 2016 Presidential election are some of the most anticipated events on the calendar. Aside from the NFL. And MLB playoffs. And New episodes of New Girl. But even after all that, people like you and me are still pumped to watch Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump yap at each other for a few hours!
In fact, starting this Monday, there will be three Presidential debates and one Vice presidential debate.
- Monday, September 26, 2016 – First presidential debate at Hofstra University
- Tuesday, October 4, 2016 – Vice presidential debate
- Sunday, October 9, 2016 – Second presidential debate
- Wednesday, October 19, 2016 – Third presidential debate
As for watching them online for free, cord cutters worldwide can rejoice!
Watch Debates Online
For starters, most major social media networks will stream the Clinton / Trump debates online for free. This Monday's debate will begin at 9pm EST, will be commercial free, and should last about 90 minutes. Sites confirmed to be streaming the debates include:
In addition, Snapchat will be covering each debate on-site via a “Live Story.” The Commission on Presidential Debates also lists the following orginizations as being able to stream the debate online as well.
- ABC News
- Buzzfeed News
- CBS News
- The Daily Caller
- Fox News
- Huffington Post
- The Wall Street Journal
Watch Debates on TV
Of course, the debates will also be streamed on TV for free! If you're a cord cutter, or somebody thinking about joining our ranks, then you know an OTA antenna is a vital requirement! After a small, one time purchase, you can forever pick up every major station's local broadcast, like ABC, CBS, NBC, & FOX. In most areas, PBS, CW, and many more stations are included.
In fact, after analyzing all of the OTA antennas available, we found what we consider the four best antennas out there! Each have their own perks and bonuses, but we were happy to find multiple antennas in different price ranges that all accomplished what we expected and what they promised.
Using any one of these antennas, you should be able to watch the debates for free on your own TV! Simply use the FCC's own site or TV Fool to enter your address and see which stations you can pick up for free!
Listen to the Debates
If you happen to take your politics old-school or find yourself stuck at work or in a car during the debates, then you might want to listen to them via the radio! To do this for free without an actual radio nearby, you'll want to check out an app called TuneIn. They'll live stream an audio feed of the debates from several news sources, like CSPAN.
Finally, no matter who you support or how they perform at the debate, go outside and get some fresh air. I promise you'll instantly feel better 🙂