Voters in Silicon Valley will be watching with interest Wednesday night as the first of three televised presidential debates takes place before a national audience.
President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney will square off against each other on a Denver stage, beginning at 6:00 p.m. PDT.
Tuesday, each man stayed in seclusion, prepping with campaign staffers, anticipating expected questions and laying out strategy. Romney was already in Denver, Obama spent the day in Henderson, Nevada.
Youtube announced Monday that it has partnered with ABC News to livestream the Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates. And according to the Washington Post, "two of YouTube’s election partners — BuzzFeed and Phil DeFranco — will be providing timely updates and inspiring the Internet’s meme hoards to create funny video clips and animated GIFs."
In Capitola, you can join a viewing party to watch the debate at Britannia Arms in Capitola Village (110 Monterey Ave). This is a Patch sponsored debate.
Patch will provide appetizers and plenty of fun Patch-themed items (need a new t-shirt?), so come eat, watch, talk and enjoy the beachside debate.
The actual debate runs from 6 - 7:30 p.m., but we'll begin the party at 5 p.m. for happy hour and will wind down by 8 p.m.
Santa Clara County Democrats will host two parties locally: from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in San Jose at their headquarters, located at 25 North 14th St., and in Menlo Park from 5 p.m. on in their Volunteer Center located at 350 El Camino Real, next to Tesla Motors.
In Burlingame, the San Mateo County Republican Party hosts a party at their headquarters, located at 875 Mahler Road, Suite 120, beginning at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to SMGOP Executive Director Deyan Banerjee at (408) 359-7715.
No parties are scheduled for Republicans in Santa Clara County, according to their website.
On Thursday, October 11, the only scheduled vice-presidential debate will take place in Danville, Kentucky.
The two remaining presidential debates will be held October 16 in Hempstead, New York and October 22 in Boca Raton, Florida.
Will you be watching the presidential debate? Where will you watch it? Are there other local parties you'd like to share with us?