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The 2012 Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates, live on YouTube

By Olivia Ma

Director, Google News Initiative

In just 34 days, American voters will head to the polls to cast their ballots in the U.S. election.

Throughout the month of October, President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney will go head-to-head in a series of highly-anticipated general election debates. This year, for the first time, you can watch the debates live and in full on the YouTube Elections Hub, via our partners at ABC News, who will be live streaming all four debates on the ABC News YouTube channel. No matter where you are in the world or how you’ll be accessing the internet, you’ll be able to watch the most important events of the 2012 election on YouTube.

Want to make sure you catch each debate? Click the Google Calendar buttons below to create a reminder for each.

  • October 3 at 9:00 p.m. ET (Presidential)  
  • October 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET (Vice Presidential)  
  • October 16 at 9:00 p.m. ET (Presidential)
  • October 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET (Presidential)

These four general election debates represent the only opportunity to see the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates challenge each other’s positions on the most pressing issues of our time -- from jobs and the economy to the future of the Middle East.

In addition to the live broadcast of the debates, we will also have commentary and analysis from our eight YouTube Election Hub partners -- ABC News, Al Jazeera English, BuzzFeed, Larry King, New York Times, Phil DeFranco, Univision and the Wall Street Journal -- each of whom will be be providing their own unique live and on-demand coverage of the four debates before, during and after. And Univision will also offer a version of the debates translated into Spanish, live.

Tune-in to the Elections Hub on Wednesday at 9:00 pm ET to watch the first Presidential debate, live from the University of Denver. And if you miss it, fear not-- we’ll have the full debate, as well as highlight clips, available to watch soon at after the debate is over.