Where to Watch the Oct. 16 Presidential Debate In Hopkins

TV schedules, live stream options, debate-watching parties and more.

At 8 p.m. Oct. 16, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will debate during a town meeting in the second presidential debate of the season.

Moderator Candy Crowley, chief political correspondent at CNN, will host the town meeting of undecided voters. The voters will ask the candidates questions on domestic and foreign issues. Each candidate will have 2 minutes to respond. Crowley will use the remainder of the time to discuss the questions.

The debate will be held at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.

Here are some ways you can catch the action.


Attend a debate-watching party

Viewing parties are taking place across the Twin Cities—both private parties at homes and public ones at local establishments. Here are options for both sides of the political aisle. Do you know of other options? Share them in the comments below.

  • Democrats: Organizing for America—Minnesota is hosting several debate-watching parties, including one at the Obama Grassroots Office in Hopkins. All at the event will call voters from 5:30 p.m. until the debate starts at 8 p.m. Click here for a full list of Organizing for America debate-watching parties.
  • AM 950 is hosting a debate-watching party at Park Tavern in St. Louis Park. Morning on-air personalities Nancy Nelson, Matt McNeil and Jack Rice will be at the event. The cost is $15 per person. You can buy tickets online.
  • Republicans: AM 1130 talk show hosts Bob Davis and Tom Emmer, a former Republican gubernatorial candidate, are hosting a debate-viewing party at Water Street Inn in Stillwater. There will prizes given away, including a pair of tickets to see the The Who at the Target Center on Nov. 27. The party runs from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. 
  • U.S. Sixth District Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will host a debate-watching party at her campaign office in Blaine, 1550 91st Ave NE. The time of the event was not listed on the office's website. For more information, contact Tara at 651-260-4648.
  • No other local debate-watching parties were listed on the official Mitt Romney website.

Watch on your television

The debate is airing live on numerous channels starting at 8 p.m. Some channels have preview programs, and some have post-debate analysis. Here is a list of what each channel is offering:

  • Tpt2: Debate coverage 8 p.m. through 10 p.m.
  • CNN: Preview coverage starts at 6 p.m. Analysis is scheduled for after the debate, with a repeat of the debate at 11 p.m.
  • WCCO: Debate coverage 8 p.m. through 10 p.m.
  • KSTP: Debate coverage 8 p.m. through 10 p.m.
  • KMSP: Debate coverage 8 p.m. through 9:30 p.m.
  • KARE: Debate coverage 8 p.m. through 10 p.m.
  • CSPAN: Preview coverage runs 6 p.m. through 7:30 p.m. Debate coverage resumes at 8 p.m. and continues through 10:30 p.m.
  • CNBC: Preview coverage starts at 7 p.m. Debate coverage is scheduled through 10 p.m.
  • MSNBC: Debate preview starts at 7 p.m. Coverage continues until midnight, when the network will air the debate again.
  • Fox News: Debate coverage 8 p.m. through 10 p.m.

Stream the debate online

Internet users have several options to watch the online. Here are a few possibilities:

Share your thoughts on Patch’s live blog

Hopkins Patch will be hosting a live blog for the debate starting at 7:30 p.m. Jump on and share your impressions of the candidates throughout the debate—or post photos of your debate party.


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