YouTube, ABC News partner to stream US presidential debates live

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YouTube has announced plans to stream all three US presidential debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney live. The video sharing service will also stream the vice presidential debate live from their Elections Hub – part of the politics channel that debuted a year ago.

Each of the four debates will be available to viewers anywhere in the world, marking the first time that all of the debates will be aired on a single platform.

ABC News is responsible for providing the live stream while YouTube partners like Al Jazeera English, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal will supply commentary and analysis after each debate. The debates will also be archived for later viewing should you happen to miss the live event.

PBS NewsHour Executive Editor Jim Lehrer will host the first presidential debate tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET from the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. The single vice presidential debate will take place on Thursday, October 11 at Central College in Danville, Kentucky.

The second debate between Obama and Romney will be in the form of a town hall meeting at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on October 16. The setting will allow voters to directly ask the candidates questions regarding foreign and domestic affairs. The final debate will take place on October 22 from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

Voters head to the polls on November 6 to decide who will run the United States for the next four years.

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