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Online Debates Look Fun

MONTICELLO — Even if you don’t enjoy politics, debates can be fun!

   The first Democlican-Republicrat debate starts at 9 p.m. EST from the University of Denver campus in Colorado.

   The New Civil Rights Movement provides Debate Lingo cards pictured at right, or you can play Amnesty International’s Human Rights Presidential Bingo online or by downloading four Bingo cards!

   Sure, you can watch the debates on nearly any TV station, but who watches theirTube anymore? Ustream offers PBS and CBS feeds. Google streams the debate live via YouTube. You can also see it online at CSPAN, hulu or the Huffington Post.

   If you want to hear more than the two sides to issues, Democracy Now and Common Dreams provides two additional presidential candidates! Jill Stein of the Green Party and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party will answer the moderator’s questions immediately after the Democlican and Republicrat candidates. Tune in at 8:30 EST to begin.

   Twitter should be afire, “officially” using #debates as the hashtag. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson will not be in the debates either, but the Unauthorized Gary Johnson Twitter Army plans to twitterbomb #GaryJohnsonForPresident from 8:45-10:30 p.m. to trend the hashtag during the debate; Johnson may still be crowd-surfing. Politifact will live-tweet, answering questions from the #PolitiFactThis hashtag and providing an Argument Ender app.

   The American Democracy Project hopes you’ll join a tweet-up at 9 p.m. EST by using #ADPdebate. Amnesty International wants the bingo players to use #AIBingo. The Independent Voter Network will answer tweets with the hashtag #indyvote. The Coffee Party Movement wants you to use #CPdebate, promising to use comments and thoughts in next week’s posts and radio shows. NPR is using a special #factcheck conversation.

   Texters might win a HRC T-shirt if they correctly answer four questions; Just text DEBATE to 30644.

   Of course, politics bores some folks and Bingo seems a bit tame. If you can find a designated driver on a Wednesday night, you might try this drinking game from Conservative Intelligence Briefing.