NBC News’ “Meet the Press” and Facebook are joining forces again, this time to present a cross-platform debate between the Republican presidential candidates on the Sunday before the 2012 New Hampshire primary.
The primary is tentatively scheduled for February 14, and the debate will be held the Sunday before, February 12, at 9 a.m. ET, at the Chubb Theatre at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, N.H.
NBC News’ David Gregory, host of “Meet the Press,” will moderate the debate, which will air live on NBC as a special edition of the show, as well as streaming live on Facebook, where viewers will be able to follow along, share questions, and interact with other users on the “Meet the Press” Facebook page or the U.S. Politics on Facebook page.
The debate will also air live and then rebroadcast on MSNBC, air live on New England Cable News, and stream live and be available on-demand on Msnbc.com.
Facebook’s Vice President of U.S. Public Policy, Joel Kaplan said:
The robust activity on Facebook around recent elections demonstrates Facebook’s increasing role in the democratic process. Voters expect to be able to learn about and interact with candidates on Facebook, and we’re pleased to expand that opportunity by teaming up with NBC News to present this uniquely participatory debate.
NBC News President Steve Capus added:
This is sure to add a ground-breaking new chapter to the rich history of “Meet the Press” political debates. What really sets this partnership apart is that we are able to combine the reach of NBC’s audiences and Facebook’s users to connect with engaged, informed communities. The debate will take place next year, but the conversation has already started on the “Meet the Press” Facebook page and on the broadcast every Sunday.
Clearly, Facebook wants to increase its reach as a platform for users to engage with political processes in the U.S. and elsewhere. We wouldn’t be surprised if all of the debates related to the 2012 elections air on the social network.
Readers, how much do you expect to interact on Facebook during political debates?