Presidential Town Hall debate tonight at 9PM ET

The Presidential Town Hall Debate between Obama and McCain will air live tonight, Tuesday October 7th at 9pm eastern, 6pm pacific time on every major broadcast network and every major cable news network. We’ll have the full, unedited video available after it airs right here.

Watch the entire debate video here.

Time: 9PM ET / 6PM PT
Channel: CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, PBS, C-SPAN
Web Stream: CNN, Fox News, or MSNBC among others
Location: Belmont University, Nashville, TN
Length: 90 minutes
Format: Town Hall – Domestic/Foreign Policy
Moderator: Tom Brokaw from NBC

Report from WSMV in Nashville on the debate’s format and how the questions will be delivered:

Video of Tom Brokaw discussing the campaign and the debate format with a local news channel:

More on the debate tonight as it develops..


Report from Yahoo News:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Leading in the polls, Barack Obama hopes to cement his standing while John McCain is trying to turn his fortunes around in their second presidential debate — with economic turmoil bordering on chaos suddenly serving as the backdrop.

Exchanges between the candidates have grown ever more acerbic with just four weeks to go until Election Day. Tuesday night’s debate gives Republican McCain one of his last chances before a nationwide TV audience to halt the Democrat’s momentum and convince voters he is capable of addressing the crisis in the credit, housing and stock markets.

The town hall format at Belmont University will allow voters to ask questions while NBC’s Tom Brokaw moderates. The candidates’ third and last debate will be Oct. 15 at Hofstra University in Hempsted, N.Y.

If Tuesday night’s confrontation echoes the most recent campaign exchanges, it could be far more personal and pointed than the two men’s Sept. 26 encounter. McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, has raised Obama’s ties to 1960s-era radical William Ayers and to the Democrat’s former pastor, the incendiary Rev. Jeremiah Wright. On Monday, McCain accused Obama of lying about the Republican senator’s record, and asked, “Who is the real Sen. Obama?”

Obama’s campaign rolled out a video recounting McCain’s involvement in the 1980s Keating Five savings and loan scandal, while Obama himself accused McCain of engaging in “smear tactics” to distract from economic issues.

Both nominees have condemned character attacks in the past, and some supporters are urging them to cool the rhetoric.

McCain’s opportunity will be to give strong answers on the economy and provide greater detail than Obama. Undoubtedly Obama may blame the Bush administration’s failed policies, however, McCain will have to go broader than that.

Preview from Bloomberg:

As always, we’ll have complete coverage and the entire video of the debate available once it airs.


Here is the entire, unedited Town Hall debate video:

Video: Presidential Town Hall Debate from Belmont University (10/7/08)