CNN/YouTube presidential debate open thread
[UPDATE: A full transcript is up. I’ll have a wrap on the debate in another post.]
Anderson Cooper will moderate the event, which will be broadcast from The Citadel military college in Charleston, South Carolina starting at 7PM.
CNN journalists are screening the questions, rather than letting Internet users select them with their votes. Plus, candidates frequently handle questions from their constituents and from individuals in town hall formats.
But that’s where the intimacy comes in, Cooper said, arguing the video format allows people to show a side of themselves that may be masked by the nervousness or rehearsed nature of town hall formats.
“What makes them so interesting is clearly they’re very personal,” Cooper said.
You all get to try out the new Blend chat room for play-by-play reactions to the Dem debate — Blend Coffee Klatch (this link opens it in a smaller separate window). There’s also a Pam’s House Blend Facebook Group that you can join — if you add the Group Chat application, you can chat in there as well.
UPDATE: Here, from PoliticsTV.com (which is uploading the Q&As as they are completed), the question from the Rev. Longcrier about marriage equality, and the response, first from John Edwards (left). On the right, another question on marriage equality, answered by Dennis Kucinich, Chris Dodd, and Bill Richardson:
CNN Internet reporter Jacki Schechner encourages folks to contribute post-debate video responses at CNN’s ireport (cnn.com/ireport).
And the John Edwards camp has announced that the former NC Senator will hold a 30-minute webcast immediately following the debate, taking questions submitted prior to and during the event. You can view the questions being submitted here. You can read more — and watch the live event — after the jump.
“Debates too often do not provide voters with the type of comprehensive responses they want or deserve on important issues,” said Edwards’ spokeswoman Colleen Murray. “John Edwards has built a strong grassroots movement to change the direction of the country, and that will only grow by offering voters an active role in the debate process.”
In the days leading up to and during the debate, people will be able to submit questions directly on JohnEdwards.com or by text messaging the word DEBATE to 30644. The campaign will also include questions from social networking sites such as MySpace, Facebook, Care2, and Twitter in a live feed on JohnEdwards.com.
By taking questions from third-party sites, a larger and more diverse audience will be able to participate in the live webcast. Many of these sites will also co-host the live webcast with Edwards, allowing their communities to view the webcast without leaving their own site. The post-debate webcast will air live on the following websites: the campaign website (www.johnedwards.com), Edwards’ MySpace page (myspace.com/johnedwards), CommunityCounts.us , Ustream.tv, and Care2.com. Additionally, Edwards will answer the two videos on CommunityCounts.us that receive the most votes from its community.
This is hosted by USStream.TV: