Univision News announced on Wednesday that it has collaborated with Facebook on two "Meet the Candidates" events for viewers in anticipation of the November election.
Univision is hosting the events to cater to its largely Hispanic audience in a bid to discuss education and the future of the Hispanic community with both of the Presidential candidates.
"Hispanics will play a key role in electing the next President of the United States and these events will help address key issues so that the more than 20 million Hispanics expected to vote this year can make an informed decision," said Cesar Condo, president of Univision Networks in a statement. "We are pleased that both President Obama and Governor Romney understand the importance of sharing their vision with Hispanic Americans, a group that is younger and more active in social media than the average citizen, and whose influence on U.S. politics continues to grow."
Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's "Meet the Candidate" event will take place on September 19th. President Obama's "Meet the Candidates" event is scheduled for September 20th. Both events will be streamed online in English via Facebook and will be televised on the Univision Network at 10:00 pm each night.
The conversational gatherings will be moderated by Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas, the anchors of Univision's national evening newscast, "Noticiero Univision." The sessions will both be streamed on the Univision Noticias Facebook page, accessible HERE. Facebook's Politics Hug, accessible HERE will also highlight the events.
Both episodes of "Meet the Candidates" will be filmed in front of a live studio audience and are slated to take place at the University of Miami BankUnited Center Fieldhouse.
"The University of Miami is proud to be part of these important events that will address the future of education and Hispanics in the nation," said Donna E. Shalala, president of the University of Miami in a statement. "Our students are thrilled to have the candidates for President on our campus."