Race: New versus Old Media
Venue: First Televised Leaders' Debate, Manchester/your laptop/your TV
Nick Clegg (LibDem leader): Just having a first look at the studio for this evening's debate. Nervous and excited? Absolutely.
Iain Dale (Tory campaigner): Every undecided voter I've called on this pm is watching the debate tonight. Democracy in action and proof that the debates are a good idea
Fairy_poo (Random member of public): Check out #LeadersDebate. You'll find only 2 kinds of people: Those who don't give a shit, and those who REALLY give a shit.
And they're off:
Johnprescott (Deluded): Tonight you're seeing the real Gordon I know. Funny, intelligent and a man of real substance.
Hugo Rifkind (Columnist for The Times): Gordon looks like he died 8 mins ago and they just restarted his heart.
All: Is Gordon Brown wearing lipstick?
Twodoctors (Green candidate): If Dave is C3PO made out of ham, Gordo looks like Darth Vader when his helmet comes off. Clegg a shaved Ewok.
Higgis (random member of public): Please, someone ask a question about prostitution. Dave: "I actually went to a brothel the other day"
Alex Massie (Spectator): Ah, this is the bit in which we all boast about how great the NHS is while demonstrating how, in fact, it is crap.
Paul Waugh (Evening Standard): Can't wait for Clegg to say "I agree with Nick...Oh Christ, I AM Nick..."
Reelmolesworth (Random drunk): masters hav a drinking game with 1 tot from the bot when grabber cameron sa job tax. all are now INSENSIBEL