October 16th, 2012
09:21 AM ET
10 years ago

13 reasons to watch the debate on CNN's platforms and nowhere else

1)1. CNN=The World:

Tonight's debate will focus on foreign policy and international issues, and there is no better network that dominates coverage of the planet than CNN. From our bureaus in the Middle East, China and Africa, to our stellar national security team, to analysis from Christiane Amanpour, CNN owns the story of the world.

2. Clip-and-Share Video on CNN.com

Want to hear that quote again? With this tool, you can be your own producer and pause, rewind, and cut your own video clips using our new “clip and share technology” on CNN.com and on the iPad tablet. You can also post key video moments to Facebook and Twitter. Check it out at CNN.com/debates.

3. The Pregame show: The experts tee it up

Only on CNN will you find the most comprehensive pre-debate coverage. Before the event, our reporters, contributors and guest panelists open the doors inside the debate prep for Romney and Obama.


4. The Postgame show—Fact Checks, analysis and focus group

Get instant analysis from CNN Chief National Correspondent John King on the magic wall, while CNN anchor John Berman and Tom Foreman provide a "Reality Check" on the candidates’ statements. Erin Burnett, host of “OutFront,” gets reaction from our focus group of undecided voters, while National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta and Chief White House Correspondent Jessica Yellin are live from the spin room. During the last post-debate coverage, Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger became a trending topic on Twitter after being the first to say she found Joe Biden condescending in the vice presidential showdown.

5. CNN’s Live Blog

Click here as CNN’s Political Ticker team live-blogs the ongoing discussion about the debates in real time. This includes key quotes, notable tweets and minute-by-minute updates throughout the evening, as well as a chance for you take part in an interactive conversation involving trivia, fact-checks, polls, and social media.

6. #CNNDebateClock: Exclusive on-air time check

Much like a possession clock in football, our real-time debate clock tells you how long each of the candidates have spoken. Follow the clock to see how long it takes for a candidate to make a point or how much time goes by before an issue is mentioned. During the first presidential debate, Obama spoke more than four minutes longer than Romney. This #CNNDebateClock is only found on CNN.

7. Instant reaction: Exclusive on-air undecided voters meter

Also exclusive to CNN platforms, our undecided voter meter gives viewers a real-time glimpse of what these voters like and don’t like hearing in the debate, conducted from the battleground state of Ohio. Divided by men and women, the #CNNUndecideds meter revealed a big gender gap on Romney’s Medicare plan during the first presidential debate. But will we see the same difference this time?

8. Text of full questions

Are the candidates answering the questions? We know it’s important for viewers to see the full questions posed by the moderator, so CNN displays the text on screen as the candidates give their answers.

9. Live stream

If you’re on the move, you can catch the full debate on all apps for smart phones and tablets. The debate will also stream on the CNNPolitics.com and the homepage of CNN.com

10. Live tweeting the debate

Follow @CNNbrk and @CNNPolitics to get the latest developments throughout the event.

11. CNN’s post-debate poll

Can’t wait to see what other voters thought of the debate? Shortly after the debate, CNN/ORC International releases the results of a scientific survey asking debate watchers who they thought was the night’s winner. In the first debate, Romney won by a big margin, 67% to 25%, while his running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, virtually tied Vice President Joe Biden in the vice presidential debate, 48% to 44%.

12. CNN/Facebook Election Insights

CNN has teamed up with Facebook to bring you exclusive real-time data on who’s talking about the candidates on the world’s largest social network. In the first presidential debate, mentions of Big Bird on Facebook increased by 800,000% in a matter of hours. For more raw data, go to CNN.com/FacebookInsights.

13. Wolf Blitzer & Anderson Cooper’s glasses – ‘Nuff said.

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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. WriteInRonPaul

    Time’s Mark Halperin has made himself useful for once by obtaining, and publishing, a copy of the 21-page memorandum of understanding that the Obama and Romney campaigns negotiated with the Commission on Presidential Debates establishing the rules governing this month’s presidential and vice presidential face-offs. The upshot: Both campaigns are terrified at anything even remotely spontaneous happening.

    They aren’t permitted to ask each other questions, propose pledges to each other, or walk outside a “predesignated area.” And for the town-hall-style debate tomorrow night, the audience members posing questions aren’t allowed to ask follow-ups (their mics will be cut off as soon as they get their questions out). Nor will moderator Candy Crowley.

    Most bizarrely, given the way the debates have played out, the rules actually appear to forbid television coverage from showing reaction shots of the candidates: “To the best of the Commission’s abilities, there will be no TV cut-aways to any candidate who is not responding to a question while another candidate is answering a question or to a candidate who is not giving a closing statement while another candidate is doing so.” The “best of the Commission’s abilities” must be rather feeble, seeing as how almost every moment of the two debates so far was televised in split-screen, clearly showing shots of a “candidate who is not responding to a question while another candidate is answering a question.”

    October 16, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  2. meyer nerod

    would like the govenor to respond to the question does he feel the president bears responsiblity for lack of preparation in regards to the recent tragedy in libya if so would that make former president george bush resposible for 9/11 and former pesident franklin roosevelt responsible for the attack on pearl harbor

    October 16, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. CloudyOne

    I'll give you two reason why you shouldn't.

    When you first tune in CNN makes you watch an advertisement before you can actually watch the debate....then randomly they have another video ad interrupt your view of the debate for another minute so they can score some advertising revenue.

    Seems like a no brainer to me to watch it somewhere where you're not going to miss a potentially important part of the debate.

    October 16, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  4. macbil

    And adding to meyer nerod's list....

    President Reagan responsible for Marine barracks attack in Lebanon that killed 200+ marines and President Clinton for the embassy bombings in East Africa. The Republican's are conducting a witch hunt. It's ridiculous!!!

    October 16, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. Roger

    These ADs will not change the fact that Romney is a Liar, i don't even know why fellow Americans don't just see this. This is a guy who says different things to difference audiences just to get votes, take an example of the 47 remark!. Sometimes i wounder why he pretends to be God fearing. Gods says don't Lie, but this man keeps lying all the time.

    Americans, please wake up and don't be fooled by Romney and his teams' big mouths' These rich guys don't care about you. They just want to win.

    October 16, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. Dar

    Wow I can't believe that CNN is stacking the cards and bragging about it. Amazzzzzing
    Time to turn off the TV and have some real fun with the family since nothing with real truth will be on. LOL

    October 16, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  7. Dan

    Reasons to watch the debate elsewhere:

    1) CNN will build up to the big event but just as it starts, they'll cut to their anchors discussing what is actually going on. Viewers will be left scrambling to find live coverage, realizing only afterwards that CNN never had the rights to broadcast the event in the first place no matter how much they pretended they did.

    October 16, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Anklbitr

    Well, Ashleigh Banfield is positively dazzeling and should be the moderator....her sparkling looks and acute mind would MAKE the night...

    October 16, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
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