MySpace, MTV Bringing the Presidential Candidates to You

August 23, 2007 at 11:34 am 1 comment

MySpace and MTV are teaming up to give young voters a chance to have “candid, unfiltered discussions” with major presidential candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties. The dialogues will be held on college campuses across the country and broadcast of MTV, MTVu and streamed on and MySpaceTV.

In a twist on the usual candidate forums and debates, the dialogues will feature one candidate for an hour long conversation that enables a live audience and home viewers to interact in realtime with the candidates. While watching the discussion, viewers will be able to submit questions via MySpaceIM, mobile devices and e-mail. There will also be live polling tools on and to capture online viewer reaction.

This partnership, the CNN/YouTube debates and the re-launched Rock the Vote are reflected of a smarter and tech savvy approach to engaging young voters.

Candidates already confirmed to participate in the MySpace and MTV Presidential dialogue series include:

· Former Sen. John Edwards on September 27
· Sen. Sam Brownback
· Sen. Hillary Clinton
· Sen. Chris Dodd
· Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani
· Rep. Duncan Hunter
· Sen. John McCain
· Sen. Barack Obama
· Rep. Ron Paul
· Gov. Bill Richardson
· Former Gov. Mitt Romney

More details here.

MTV is also looking for aspiring journalists to cover the presidential campaigns. Find out details here.


Entry filed under: 2008 Election, Campaigns, Conservatives, Democrats, Entertainment, Liberals, Media, New Media, Politics, Pop Culture, Republicans, Tech.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Zach  |  August 23, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    These could be the ingredients for a new kind of truly democratic debate where candidates will refrain from going on talking-point tangents filled with nonspeak. But I’m still a bit skeptical that the MTV/MySpace debates will be able to succeed where the YouTube debate fell flat. No candidates really had their feet held to the fire in the YouTube debate because CNN editors chose what questions were used rather than, say, letting viewers vote on which question they’d like to see asked. How will the MySpace debates be any different if MTV editors are simply letting young people submit questions and then letting candidates have a go at the ones they want answered? I write more on this in my op-ed in today’s Huffington Post.


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