GUIDE: Participate in, listen to and watch the final presidential debate

Monday, October 22, 2012 | 2:00 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The third and final presidential debate between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will begin at 8 p.m. Monday at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla. The debate will be broadcast on most major networks, as well as online.

The debate will have a similar format as the first debate, with 15 minutes each for six questions. The debate will focus on foreign policy. Bob Schieffer, anchor of CBS's "Face The Nation," will moderate.

If you're interested in interactive ways to participate in the debate, this guide is made with you in mind. Here are some outlets that are hosting live chats, conversations and commentary.

  • Show of Hands is an app that asks questions on debate topics and allows users to cast their vote. The app had a high amount of involvement during the first presidential debate and the vice presidential debate.

  • XBox LIVE is offering ways for viewers to interact with and participate in the debate. People can tune in for live coverage and participate in real-time polling. You can submit your poll questions by tweeting them with the hashtag #XboxPoll, and they could be featured by other Xbox LIVE members. #Election2012onXbox is another place to stay tuned in on Twitter.
  • AARP is hosting a message board that will likely focus on the future of Medicare and Social Security.

  • The Commission on Presidential Debates is in partnership with AOL, Google and Yahoo! to interact with the public. The website describes "The Voice Of ..." digital initiative as a platform that will provide "access to information about the issues at large, feature the live debates, allow access to archival debate footage and give people throughout the country the opportunity to share their voice."

  • The New Yorker writers Steve Coll, Jane Mayer, Nicholas Thompson and Alex Koppelman will hold a live chat beginning at 8 p.m.

Want to hear more from the candidates or from your community? Use these hashtags on Twitter or catch up with these social media outlets.

These outlets are making sure the candidates are getting the facts straight.

As the candidates prepare to debate each other, scores of journalists are preparing their own Excel sheets and ready-to-go reports, for on-the-spot fact-checking of what's being said.

  • PolitiFact, based at the Tampa Bay Times, will be keeping tabs. Follow them on Twitter @PolitiFact. You can also download the Truth-O-Meter app for your iPhone.

  • The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler writes this fact-checking blog.
  • offers a section that fact-checks specific statements that candidates have made. It is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and the Annenberg Classroom.
  •, project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, will be keeping an eye on the candidates, too.

Do you have other resources or fun interactive opportunities to share? Leave them in the comments below or email

Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.

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Michael Williams October 22, 2012 | 3:15 p.m.

"As the candidates prepare to debate each other, scores of journalists are preparing their own Excel sheets and ready-to-go reports, for on-the-spot fact-checking of what's being said."

Uh, who fact checks the fact-checkers?

Give me one good reason to believe them, especially on something financial.

Credibility is an issue here on ALL sides.

Recent example?


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