October 16th, 2012
09:21 AM ET
9 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)

    Candy Crowley is clearly biased. She leans towards republicans just as Erin Burnett and John King do. CNN has lost credibility wth me as a news organization.

    October 16, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. GI Joe

    CNN interrupts too much - CSPAN is the best for uninterrupted viewing.

    October 16, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  3. virginia girl

    Might as well watch it on fox, lately not much difference. Candy? What a joke. Wish they would have used the same reporter the VP debate had. That lady knows her stuff.

    October 16, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. Anonymous

    Ah, yes. The "new" American media, so in love with themselves they've forgotten who it is they are supposed to be serving for the greater good of America ... and not the greater good of America's corporate owned media ratings war and corporate owned newscasters personal bank accounts.

    October 16, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. Reggie pell. e.c.a.

    It would be great if there was an eye on "The Post-9/11 GI Bill, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs" facebook page. There's an issue that needs to be addressed.

    October 16, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. rosco

    The bankruptcy filing may fuel further political debate over government financing of alternative-energy and transportation businesses. Federal grants and loans to companies including A123, Fisker and Tesla Motors Inc. have drawn scrutiny from congressional Republicans following the September 2011 bankruptcy filing of solar-panel maker Solyndra LLC two years after it received a $535 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Energy Department.

    October 16, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. kate

    I don't have to watch a debate to decide who to vote for. Romney could win every debate as far as I am concerned but in my opinion would make the poorest president. Debates have nothing to do with the character of a man or the intelligence. Go Obama! I am a former republican. Romeny would be very bad for this country. Lead us into another war, which is the republican way of spurring the economy, give the wealthy tax breaks and cuts, leave the poor to fend on their own, make our children suffer education wise, just to name a few. If he was the Christian he portrays to be he would have a different attitude. And if the Mormon way is to keep helping the rich get richer and poor get poorer, then I want nothing to do with Mormonism. He himself said his faith played an important part in his life, huh? Explain that Mr. Romney.

    October 16, 2012 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  8. a disgrace but you voted for him

    obama to give his farewell speech on public tv tonight!

    October 16, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. crionics

    Yes! Watch CNN and also watch the movie 2016 Obama's America released today and available for rental.

    October 16, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |

    #1 The dread and disappointment clearly visible in CNN's "non-partisan" co-host's faces..., priceless.

    October 16, 2012 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. Jeff in Virginia

    Why would I want to be distracted by a constantly-scrolling reaction graph?

    Some of us have the ability to form an opinion without looking to the mob.

    October 16, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. Joe Kenya

    Boy If Romney wins he will appoint Jason Thompson Secratary of Housing and Urban Development and together they would get rid of Public Housing, except of the White-house of course, Heck, together they'd get rid of the 47 percent; Send us all back to Kenya Mexico and Texas

    October 16, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. simp

    No way. CNN and candy crowley are too right wing for me. Her Sunday show is anti obama with to many repubs on there every Sunday. CNN always has more repubs on their panels when it really should be even. I can tell you right now who will be on the roundtable tonite after the debate, the same right wingers thats always on there with may be one liberal, John Carville or Roland Martin, that's it. All this boasting about candy crowley and how great she will be well the VP moderator was great I dont see that in candy.

    October 16, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. enuff

    Ha, ha, ,ha ... how clever... NOT. I would rather have actual FACtS over pop-up video polls and undecided voter comments. Your "producer" program is lame. Your throwing the comment on Biden/Ryan shows what way CNN is swinging. You could have left that out and it possibly could be a non-partisan story.

    October 16, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  15. Getoverit

    14. We'll tell you what Romney really means.

    October 16, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  16. lyn

    Candy you will do a great job, I only hope that you will be fair, lately it looks like CNN has been campaigning for Romney, all I see and hear from most reporters is how good Romney is doing in the poles, CNN has given very little air time to our President, after the debate the usual guest comes and talk down the President for e.g. David G. Gloria B. John King, I really don't know if we will watch CNN tonight, We are so disspointed with CNN for all the bias and unfair remarks that your guest makes against our President it;s not fair it is picking sides. Our President need to be respected for the job he has done since he took office, everyone knows the Mess he took over from Romney and the GOP's. We don't ever want to go back we are moving forward with President Obama.

    October 16, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. John Q.

    CNN has a left-wing bias. Not as far left as the majority of other media outlets, but definitely left. I will watch elsewhere.

    October 16, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. Vote 2012

    Let's see what kind of habitual flip flopping lies Mitt Romney will tell the studio audiance and television viewers tonight or will he take his multiple personality disorder medication to shut him up. What sane person would vote for a radical like Mitt Romney? Anybody that vote for him is equally insane.

    October 16, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. Cam

    This is an important. I can only hope that the American voters see through the candidates.
    Focus on truth/fact, not lies.
    Throughout history, candidates who are more truthful gain support of the public and the country does better as a whole.

    October 16, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. LINY

    I wouldn't watch CNN if it was the only channel broadcasting the debate.
    Candy (which she's eaten too much of) Crowley is in Obama's pocket. She's as crooked as her buddy in the White House.

    October 16, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. don in albuquerque

    Yep, best coverage money can buy. Biden was a terrible man for attacking Ryan, however Mitt was strong, warm, and fuzzy for doing the same thing to the President.

    October 16, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  22. Alex

    I will also watch CNN if i want to see a news station that is becoming less and less of a neutral party as time goes on..

    October 16, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  23. Marie

    It's been a while when watching CNN one may have impression of watching FOX or MSNBC. What happen to you people? I understand that you have the right to have your own opinion, faith or political beliefs but paid to provide "good news", good analyze of a situation. Your post VP debate analysis was really "poor" and inconsistent. It seems your political contributors.Only few journalists are objective at CNN. I am an independent voter who likes hate biais news. Please give me a motive to watch on CNN.

    October 16, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. Larry in Houston

    I read all of the 13 reasons . But the main reason is because CNN is non-bias – 2 – they aren't judgemental 3 – They Don't discriminate – 4 – THEY ARE FAIR and BALANCED. 5 – They Do Not Talk OVER or ON TOP of one another, They do not Argue with their OWN People who work for CNN . 6 – They Don't Argue with whomever they have or invite – ON THEIR OWN SHOW. I mean, do you want me to Go On ?? If you don't know who I'm reffering to, then apparently you don't know other types of News Organizations. After 5 minutes of it, my wife said it gave her a headache, and told me she would divorce me, if she found out that I turned our TV to another Channel, for Real News.
    I don't know if CNN prints this or not, but I really don't care, it's the truth, and just about everybody knows it.

    May the Best Man Win – 2012
    Hillary – 2016 ( with a 'surplus' in – 2018 )

    October 16, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  25. Marie

    It's been a while when watching CNN one may have impression of watching FOX or MSNBC. What happen to you people? I understand that you have the right to have your own opinion, faith or political beliefs but as journalists you are paid to provide "good news", good analyze of a situation. Your post VP debate analysis was really "poor" and inconsistent. It seems your political contributors only provided their personal political point. Only few journalists are actually in your channel are objective. I am an independent voter who hate biais news . Please give me a motive to watch on CNN

    October 16, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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