DEBATE

How to Watch the First 2016 Presidential Debate Live Stream

Trump and Clinton will square off head-to-head on NBC for the first presidential debate of the 2016 election.

Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast

After months of threatening to pull out of the debate and suggesting that there should be “no moderator,” it seems as though Donald Trump will finally face the music– and Hillary Clinton– at the first presidential debate on Monday night at Hofstra University in Long Island, NY.

The debate will be hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt and air from 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm ET. It will be the first joint airing of the two candidates since the highly contentious Commander-in-Chief Forum moderated by Matt Lauer two weeks ago.

After the ill-fated NBC News forum, Trump again raised his suspicions that the “system is being gamed… and what they’re doing is they’re gaming the system so that when I go into the debate, I’m going to be treated very, very unfairly by the moderators.”

Clinton on the other hand, has said she’s ready for whatever insults and attacks might be thrown her way.

"I understand it's a contact sport," Clinton told "The Steve Harvey Morning Show" last week. "I am going to do my very best to communicate as clearly and as fearlessly as I can in the face of the insults and the attacks and the bullying and bigotry we've seen coming from my opponent," she said.

The first presidential debate with undoubtedly highlight the contrast between the two candidates—one with significant national security experience and another who has repeatedly failed to clarify his “big plans” on anything—and may even decide who will become the next leader of the free world.

Will Clinton appear standoffish or stiff? Will Trump say something ridiculous and offensive? Can Clinton’s more traditional debate prep help her face an entirely unpredictable loose cannon of a candidate? Tune in to see at 9:00 pm to 10:30 pm ET on Monday, September 26th.

How to Watch, Live Stream, and Listen to the First Presidential Debate

The debate will be broadcast live on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC and all cable news channels– including CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. All the major news networks will also be offering free live streams in addition to those provided by YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.

Viewers without a cable subscription can view the debate live on CNN.com, for free and without a cable provider login.

Satellite radio subscribers can listen to the debate live on more than a dozen SiriusXM channels, including CNBC (Ch. 112) and CNN (Ch. 116).