MySpace and MTV announced details of their first Presidential Candidate Dialogue featuring former Senator John Edwards. The inaugural event will take place on September 27, at 12:00 pm ET on the University of New Hampshire campus â€“ an affiliate in mtvUâ€™s network of more than 750 colleges and universities â€“ and will be moderated by MTV News Correspondents SuChin Pak and Gideon Yago as well as WashingtonPost.com political reporter, Chris Cillizza. Industry-leading pollsters John McLaughlin and Geoffrey Garin will oversee the real-time polling data and audience questions being submitted via MySpaceIM and MTV.com. The kick-off event also marks the first Flektor application integration since its acquisition by Fox Interactive Media in May 2007.
For the first time, users at home or anywhere online are empowered to immediately respond to candidate discourse with a new online polling widget powered by Flektor. Online viewers on MySpace.com or MTV.com will be able to access a simple ratings meter to indicate their approval or disapproval of a candidateâ€™s responses as they watch the Dialogue live with instant results displayed on the screen. A â€œpopular voteâ€ function will allow viewers to compare their opinions against those of the entire viewing community. Poll results will be available online live during each event and archived for future viewing.
The MySpace/MTV Presidential Candidate Dialogues also mark the first time in history where at home viewers will be able to submit questions in real-time to the candidates. As the worldâ€™s fastest growing instant messaging client, MySpaceIM will provide the platform for users to submit questions throughout the duration of the event on both MTV.com and MySpace. Additionally, questions will also be asked by a live audience comprised of UNH students.
Additional candidates confirmed to participate in the MySpace/ MTV Presidential Candidate Dialogue series include: 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, and Gov. Bill Richardson
Originally posted on September 19, 2007 @ 10:40 am