Facebook To Live Stream Republican Debate January 8

The next Republican debate will live stream on Facebook January 8, two days before the first presidential primary in New Hampshire.

The next Republican debate will stream live on Facebook January 8.

Viewers will be able to post questions and chat about the debate on Facebook’s official U.S. politics page or the one for “Meet The Press.”

The debate will take place at the Chubb Theatre at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, New Hampshire, two days before the first presidential primary, also taking place in that state.

“Meet the Press” host David Gregory will moderate the event, which will air on NBC as a special edition of the program.

The New Hampshire Union Leader will also serve as a local partner and participate in the questioning of candidates.

It wasn’t clear until recently when New Hampshire would hold the nation’s first primary. Nevada was trying to leap-frog to the second spot on the primary calendar, throwing a national political tradition into disarray. However, Nevada agreed to push back its caucuses to February 4.

That means Iowa will hold caucuses January 3, followed by New Hampshire, South Carolina on January 21 and then Nevada.

Four years ago, CNN broke social networking ground by partnering with YouTube for a primary debate.

This year, Facebook and Twitter have played major roles in the televised GOP debates so far.

In fact, “Meet the Press” recently livestreamed its weekly “Press Pass” program on Facebook D.C.’s page recently, analyzing the role that the social network plays in debates.

This week, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced the 2012 calendar for debates between the party’s nominees for president and vice-president. Facebook will likely have a permanent role in airing the events thanks to the social network’s partnership with NBC.

It will be interesting to watch how social networks continue encourage viewership of the debates and participation in political discussions. So far comments posted on Facebook have surged during previous debates, no matter where the actual event itself aired.

Have you posted comments to Facebook during televised political debates?