There's always a lot of anxiety and suspense going into a primary debate, but at least on Nov. 14, there will be no need to worry about how to stream the second Democratic debate online — because the kind people at CBS have made it super easy for us. The debate will be streaming live all night from the CBS website, so those without cable won't have to miss a second of it.
Those tuning in at home for next Saturday's debate will see a much smaller field on the stage at Drake University in Iowa than expected. Following the first debate, which featured the top five candidates, both Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee have dropped out. This means it will be a three-way race on Saturday between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Martin O'Malley.
This will be CBS' first time hosting a debate this season, and many will likely be curious to see how it goes. The network will be sponsoring a Republican debate in February, so Saturday's Democratic debate might provide insight into how the network will handle the increasingly unruly Republican field. Face The Nation's John Dickerson will act as the moderator for both debates — and considering that Anderson Cooper kicked off the Democratic debates, Dickerson has some big shoes to fill.
Not only is CBS kind enough to live stream the entire debate, but they're also hosting in on a Saturday — which means that there's really no excuse for people to not watch. It also probably means that the drinking games will be way more intense.
But whether you want to watch because you're feeling the Bern, or because you just really enjoy political drinking games, you've got a few choices. For you lucky few with TV, you can tune in to CBS at 9 p.m. EST to watch it live. But if you don't have cable, the full debate will be aired on CBS Live (which you can find here).
But what's new to this debate is how interactive it will be for Twitter users. Along with The Des Moines Register, Twitter will be co-sponsoring the debate. According to Twitter, the social media platform will provide "real-time data and insights, and will bring live reactions and questions from voters around the country onto the debate stage." And viewers' real-time reactions and opinions on the debate might even be used to impact the format.
Twitter's involvement also means that following along with the debate from your phone will be easier than ever. If you can't watch the full event or don't have access to the live stream, Twitter's "moment" section will be providing updated quotes, videos, and responses from the debate. When it's this easy to watch the event, there's really no excuse not to.