Showdown: Ohio Democratic Debate tonight on MSNBC @ 9pm ET

Tonight, Tuesday, February 26, 2008, there will be a Democratic debate broadcast on MSNBC at 9pm eastern time. Will this be the last and final Democratic debate? It’s very possible depending on what happens come March 4th in Ohio and Texas.

Here’s some details on tonight’s debate from USA TODAY:

CLEVELAND (AP) — Maybe not since Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan met on a stage in this blue-collar city have two candidates debated with so much at stake.

And if recent campaigning is any indication, Tuesday night’s debate between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama will not lack drama.

Just a week before Ohio’s crucial March 4 primary, Clinton and Obama will face off on a dark stage punctuated by a circular red carpet and red, white and blue banners. About 1,600 people, most invited by host Cleveland State University or the Ohio Democratic Party will watch the debate live.

“I don’t see it being as nice and cozy as the one in Texas,” said Stephen Brooks, associate director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron, referring to Thursday’s largely civil debate in Austin.

Even Clinton’s supporters say she must win Ohio and Texas on March 4. Polls show the U.S. senator from New York leading Obama in Ohio, but the margin is narrowing.

More details and a write-up from Cleveland State University:

Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have accepted an invitation from Cleveland State and NBC to debate in Cleveland on Tuesday, February 26.

NBC’s Tim Russert (JD ’76 from CSU’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law) and Brian Williams will moderate the event. NBC Nightly News and WKYC-TV 3 will broadcast live from the debate floor of the Wolstein Center.

As a summary, it will be at 9pm eastern time live on MSNBC. Looking forward to seeing if this is going to be the “gloves off” debate unlike the past two love fests.

Update:

Here’s a video preview from NBC:

Update @ 7:49pm ET

Here’s a rundown of the event location with NBC’s Brian Williams:

Should be a decent match as this is the last stand for Clinton, can she stop the Obama momentum which is sweeping Texas and eating at her lead in Ohio? It seems to me that she must switch course from the last debate where she didn’t come off doing well and didn’t seem to slow Obama down at all.

Update @ 11:08pm ET

Here’s some analysis and several video clips from tonight’s debate:

Analysis: MSNBC Democratic Debate from Ohio – 2/26

Update

Here is the entire debate video:

Video: MSNBC Democratic Debate from Cleveland, Ohio – 2/26/08

  • Will i be able to watch this debate live on CNN?

  • This one is being aired on MSNBC so it will not be airing on CNN. You should be able to watch it live at MSNBC.com if you don’t get the channel.

  • An Expat

    How will we be able to see the live stream at MSNBC; Those jokers haven’t provided a URL or link to the live stream. At least at CNN we have the CNN/pipeline URL that’ consistent and well known. MSNBC don’t seem to have their act together – really disappointing.

  • I will post the link to the stream once MSNBC puts it up. I did read that they will be streaming tonight. It should be on their main page at 9pm eastern.

  • Please do. We don’t get msnbc on television in Canada. i can hardly waite.

  • Scott

    I still don’t understand why the debates are ONLY broadcast on Cable/Satellite ONLY. I remember the days when PBS and at least one major network ALWAYS aired the debates. I had to upgrade last month to get CNN for the debates – Now I need to upgrade again – just to be informed when I vote. So . . . if an American citizen can’t afford $60/month (Dish Network only has MSNBC on there upper level packages) they are effectively boxed out of the discourse?

    Its not right.

    Is it broadcast on the radio anywhere?

  • Jon

    MSNBC has a live audio stream, the URL is

    http://www.msnbc.com/news/asx/audio/28/MSNBC_ie5radio.asx

    Also, C-SPAN radio will be airing the debate at 10:30 (E.T.) http://www.c-span.org/Listen/cspanradio_wm.aspx

    Seems to be no live video, but if someone finds a source please post.

  • I think she made some bad missteps early on..

    This is her swan song..

  • Jon

    The MSNBC video is very jerky, and constantly needs buffering. Very frustrating.

    MSNBC really dropped the ball on this one.

  • Julius

    The live video is perpetually buffered and unwatchable. The audio link above is not live. Is there a truly live radio or audio stream available anywhere?

  • I don’t know of any other live streams. I will have the entire unedited video uploaded once it completes.

  • Jill

    Is there a rebroadcast scheduled? If yes, what time?

  • Julius

    Will it be available here at this website?

  • No jumpyness……………………….

    http://www.cleveland.com/live/video/

  • Julius

    Yes!! Thankyou. Cliff.. it works! though theres only 20min left

  • An Expat

    Man! the MSNBC steaming was GARBAGE; it was horrible; it kept on cutting in and out. Wow this really reflects badly on the Microsoft technology they were using. The stream was as unreliable just like my windows PC. Thank you to Nate for providing us with better alternatives. Microsoft-NBC should be ashamed of themselves for such an unprofessional internet performance. I have a 10 (ten) megabit/s broadband connection; each PC I tried the MSNBC stream on lost the stream. CNN streaming worked like a charm on the last debate. Thank you again Nate for and excellent website; I’m going portal out of this site for every debate now.

  • An Expat

    Man! the MSNBC steaming was GARBAGE; it was horrible; it kept on cutting in and out. Wow this really reflects badly on the Microsoft technology they were using. The stream was as unreliable jas my Windows PC. Thank you to Nate for providing us with better alternatives. Microsoft-NBC should be ashamed of themselves for such unprofessional internet performance. I have a 10 (ten) megabit/s broadband connection; on each PC I tried playing the MSNBC stream, lost the stream. CNN streaming worked like a charm on the last debate. Thank you again Nate for an excellent website; I’m going portal out of this site for every remaining debate.