Vice President Al Gore Returns to Lead Current's Debate Coverage

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October 19th, 2012

via press release:



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New York, NY, October 19, 2012 – Vice President Al Gore will lead Current TV’s coverage and analysis of the third and final presidential debate on October 22nd. As he did for the first presidential debate earlier this month, Gore will lead a roundtable at Current’s New York studios and will be joined by other Current anchors including former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, new media expert Cenk Uygur and comedian and commentator John Fugelsang. Current’s debate coverage features live analysis, instant alerts regarding campaign spin and fact checking through the same innovative use of social media that the network unveiled during its convention coverage earlier this election season.

The last of three presidential debates will take place at the Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, on Monday, October 22nd with President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney debating foreign policy. Current’s debate coverage will begin at 8PM ET and will be preceded by a special primetime edition of “Talking Liberally with Stephanie Miller” at 7PM ET. On screen analysis will pause for the 90 minutes of the debate at 9PM ET, and will resume after the debate is over at 10:30 PM ET.

Current TV’s “Politically Direct” social dashboard tool jumped to #4 on Trendrr’s social chart for audience engagement after the last presidential debate on October 16th. During the Hofstra Presidential Debate, Current’s viewers generated almost 552,000 tweets, beating out Fox, CBS, CNBC, Univision and PBS. This outing more than tripled the network's audience engagement since the tool was first launched on August 28, the first night of the RNC Convention. The social integration tool was designed to fully engage its audience in the most organic way possible during the debates.

Current’s debate coverage features live Twitter streams that run along Current’s broadcast screen with a robust online component on The streams are comprised of swirls of conversation across a number of topics, including streams from each swing state, streams specific to each topic and sub-topicdiscussed during the debate, streams specific to each candidate and their policies, and others. These streams will have titles like “Team Obama,” “Team Romney,” “Mainstream Media,” “Comedians and Celebrities” “States with High Unemployment” and “Healthcare,” among others. Viewers are able to join the conversations by tweeting #Current2012 and may be able to see their tweets run on-air.

Viewers can join the conversation by following @Current on Twitter, tweeting #Current2012 or on Facebook (

About Current Media:

The Peabody-and Emmy Award-winning television and online network was founded in 2005 by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, and features the very best in news, analysis, and political commentary. Featuring "Joy Behar: Say Anything!," "The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur," "The War Room With Jennifer Granholm," "Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer," "The Gavin Newsom Show," "John Fugelsang: So That Happened," "Full Court Press: The Bill Press Show" and "Talking Liberally: The Stephanie Miller Show," Current is dedicated to providing insightful news and analysis of important issues. "Vanguard," the network's Peabody Award-winning documentary series, shines a light where other networks won't dare and boldly explores provocative subjects - opening minds, sparking conversations and forming deep connections with its viewers. Current TV is available in 60 million homes on cable and satellite television. To get Current TV at home or to find the channel on your cable system log on to Fans can also follow Current on Facebook and on Twitter at @Current for regular updates.


  • Riff Rafferty

    What will he blame this time? A rain trickle? Slight gusts of wind? Perhaps a deadly outbreak of Floridian bird flu?

  • AppleStinx

    From the press release: “During the Hofstra Presidential Debate, Current’s viewers generated almost 552,000 tweets, beating out Fox, CBS, CNBC, Univision and PBS. ”

    That’s because viewers of those other networks actually spent their time viewing rather than tweeting. :wink: 552,000 tweets would have meant an average of about 1,000 tweets per CurrentTV viewer (j/k).

  • Derrick


    all the polls say Obama won the last debate. not really sure why an excuse from the first debate matters.

  • a p garcia

    Turn the A/C to MAX”. I see the bldg. “warming”.

  • Ralph Hahn

    >>> …since the tool was first launched on August 28…<<<

    Speaking of the "tool" who invented the internet….and that infamous "lock box" for Social Security….

  • Michael

    @ Derrick

    Seriously? You don’t know why that excuse from the first debate matters? If you want genius analysis like that, feel free to watch.

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