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Presidential Debate: Where to Experience Obama-Romney Face Off Wednesday

The first of three presidential debates takes place in Denver; eight days later, the sole vice-presidential debate will occur.

Voters in Silicon Valley will watch with interest Wednesday night as the first of three televised presidential debates takes place before a national audience.

President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney will square off against each other on a Denver stage, beginning at 6 p.m. PDT.

Tuesday, each man stayed in seclusion, prepping with campaign staffers, anticipating expected questions and laying out strategy. Romney was already in Denver, Obama spent the day in Henderson, Nevada.

Youtube announced Monday that it has partnered with ABC News to livestream the Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates. And according to the Washington Post, "two of YouTube’s election partners—BuzzFeed and Phil DeFranco—will be providing timely updates and inspiring the Internet’s meme hoards to create funny video clips and animated GIFs."

At the Obama campaign office in Mountain View, the only campaign office for the campaign between San Jose and San Francisco, people can drop by as early as 3 p.m. to volunteer on the phone and then stay to watch the debate.

According campaign fellow Tristan Killeen, an astute 18-year-old from Los Gatos who starts at UC Berkeley this fall, there may be a chance that Vice President Joe Biden will live stream a message to the observers. Killen added that if the viewing parties they had for the Democratic National Convention were any indication, they will have an overflow crowd and may have to set up a projector in the parking lot. 

The campaign office is located at 1411 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View, 94040 (next to Le Petit Bistro and El Paso Restaurants). Telephone: 650-794-4067.

Santa Clara County Democrats will host two parties locally: from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in San Jose at their headquarters, located at 25 North 14th St., and in Menlo Park from 5 p.m. on in their Volunteer Center located at 350 El Camino Real, next to Tesla Motors.

In Burlingame, the San Mateo County Republican Party hosts a party at their headquarters, located at 875 Mahler Road, Suite 120, beginning at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to SMGOP Executive Director Deyan Banerjee at (408) 359-7715.

No parties are scheduled for Republicans in Santa Clara County, according to their website.

On Thursday, October 11, the only scheduled vice-presidential debate will take place in Danville, Kentucky.

The two remaining presidential debates will be held October 16 in Hempstead, New York and October 22 in Boca Raton, Florida.

Will you watch the presidential debate? Where will you watch it? Are you waiting to choose a candidate until after the debates?

randy albin October 03, 2012 at 07:47 PM
will these be similar to the debates between JFK and richard nixon? this politicking gets to be old after all of these campaigns. just roll out the artificial intelligence and let computers or robots face off against one another. enough already
Dave Colby (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I agree, Randy, that the political campaigning gets tiring. I doubt you'll see the intensity of debates from the past. Candidates are much more rehearsed these days, with virtually every question anticipated. I guess the one thing a live debate allows us to see is each candidate on their feet, without the aid of a teleprompter, having to react in the moment, which has to be important when working as the president of the United States.
Claudia Cruz (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Yes, there is always the potential gaffe! Thanks for your comment Randy!

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