Clinton and Trump prepare to go head to head in third US presidential debate

The pair are in Las Vegas, for what has already been dubbed 'Fight Night'

Clinton and Trump prepare to go head to head in third US presidential debate

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton arrive for the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis | Image: John Locher AP/Press Association Images

Las Vegas is, somewhat aptly, the stage as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump prepare to go head to head for the third and final time in this election. 

Trump has received heavy criticism for his performances in the previous two debates, while Clinton supporters were also left disappointed by her inability to put Trump to the sword in the town hall event at Washington University in St. Louis.

The third and final presidential debate, which has already been dubbed 'Fight Night' by pundits and commentators, takes place at the University of Nevada, and looks set to be as heated an affair as the previous two.

Donald Trump has stated that he plans to invite Barack Obama's half-brother Malik to the event, as well as Pat Smith, the mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith. According to the New York Times, the families won't cross paths or shake hands at the start of this debate, as the Clinton campaign has requested a change in proceedings to avoid any chance of an elaborate stunt or awkward moment. 

This debate will be moderated by Fox News' Chris Wallace, with the station promising that tonight's event will be "fair and balanced," so here's how you can watch whether you're streaming online or flicking on the television. 


Much like the previous two debates, the battle will kick off at 2am and there will be plenty of stations covering it live on the night for Irish viewers.

Channel 4 will broadcast the debate, starting with build-up at 1.30am, while BBC News, as well as BBC One will be covering it live from 2am as it gets underway.

Sky News will also be showing the debate, beginning their build-up several hours beforehand, while Sky Atlantic will join their coverage from 1.35am. Other news channels, such as NDTV 24x7 and Bloomberg will broadcast it too, while viewers who have Fox News on their TV package will be able to watch it live there.

Repeats will be shown on several news channels in the morning, if getting up in the middle of the night of a Wednesday presents a scheduling issue for you.

Live stream

In the United States, the debate will be simulcast on most of the major news outlets, such as ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and CNN, amongst others. Many of them will be streaming their coverage too, so you should have no trouble finding a way to watch on their website or social media channels. Given the levels of interest internationally in tonight's debate, many of the stations will forego the usual sign-in or geoblocking procedures, so they should be widely available.

Online publications and newspapers such as Politico, The Washington Post, The New York Times and Bloomberg will also be streaming coverage via their websites. 

Social media will have a role to play in this debate too, and Facebook have signed up as the exclusive social media partner for this debate, much like they were for the first one. Twitter will be using much of Bloomberg's footage to cover the event, while publishers and journalists will also make use of their Snapchat profiles to share snippets of the debate, or Facebook Live to give context, reaction, and buildup both before and after. 

YouTube will have a number of live streams of the debate to keep you in the loop, one of which is embedded below.

Anything else?

If you've already rushed out to purchase Playstation VR after our review, NBC will be streaming the debate in a 360, immersive virtual reality experience that may well be a little overwhelming, depending on how things go on the debate stage. 

The move is a partnership with AltspaceVR, which is an app available for Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR and HTC Vive, so if, like Donald you want to "live in your own reality," you can enter the virtual world with your headset on. 

If you'd prefer to tune in and listen instead of watching, then you can slap on a pair of headphones from the comfort of your bedroom and listen live on NPR or through an international radio app such as TuneIn.