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Where to watch Romney-Obama debate on Capitol Hill (+ Inslee-McKenna for that matter)

This was the scene four years ago this November at Broadway and Pike. Times have changed, viewpoints have shifted. It’s time for the 2012 debate parties. Here’s a rundown of Capitol Hill area venues with plans to do something special to mark Wednesday’s first 2012 presidential debate. You can also find an opportunity or two to watch Tuesday night’s face-off pitting Inslee vs. McKenna. If you know of a party we should add, let us know in comments.

Capitol Hill Debate Party Roster

Presidential Debate Party at La Spiga: I’m co-hosting a Delicious way to experience the First Presidential Debate – join others at La Spiga on Capitol Hill and enjoy incredible food, wine, and an after-debate discussion with David Domke (UW Prof, blogger and author). RSVP for this $50/person fundraiser here: or pay at the door!

  • Moe Bar, 10th Ave at Pike

“That’s Debatable” Series

Presented by Moe Bar & The Washington Bus

Come to Moe Bar to watch politicians and political pundits alike square off to prove who has the best interests of America at heart. This series begins on October 2nd with the Jay Inslee vs Rob McKenna gubernatorial debate and will run through October 22nd for the third Presidential Debate. Special appearances by Ann Romney!


Jon Stewart faces Bill O’Reilly in the highly anticipated match up of The Greatest Comedic Mind of our Generation vs. A Bag of Wet Sand.

Have a few drinks and get political with your neighbor. 

  • The Summit Tavern, 601 Summit Ave E: Details from 
  • The BottleNeck, 23rd and Madison: 
  • Watch the Debate at The BottleNeck
    Wednesday, October 3 – Doors at 4 PM
    No one should watch this event alone!  We’ve added an additional TV and made arrangements with our pals at Uber for a discounted rate so that no one need worry about drinking and driving – because THERE WILL BE DRINKING.  Doors at 4 PM – the big event begins around 6.  Get here early and claim a seat at the bar: Happy Hour from 4-6 PM. Uber users:  enter the code BNECK

  • Roanoke Park Place, 10th Ave E: “Enjoy a tasty helping of Debate tomorrow night with your $1 tacos and beers!”
  • Tougo, 18th and Union: “You are Invited to the Tougo Debate Party” CANCELED due to illness!
  • MORE!

    Meanwhile, R74 will be the topic Tuesday night at Town Hall:

    Seattle Speaks: Same-Sex Marriage

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 7:00 – 9:00pm

    Downstairs at Town Hall; enter on Seneca Street.

    In February, Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill into law making Washington the seventh U.S. state to allow same-sex marriage. That law is headed back into the hands of voters this November in the form of the much-discussed Referendum 74. What are the legal, social, and economic implications if the law goes into effect? Seattle Channel host Brian Callanan leads a live televised discussion featuring Preserve Marriage Washington director Joseph Backholm, Washington United for Marriage advisor Anne Levinson, Former King County ExecutiveRon Sims, Sen. Dan Swecker (R- Rochester), other leaders, critics and stakeholders including YOU! Join us at Town Hall or online, where you can take part in the polls and voice your opinion via social media and e-mail.

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