Campaigns debut mobile apps
July 31st, 2012
08:34 AM ET
2 years ago

Campaigns debut mobile apps

(CNN) – The dueling presidential campaigns revealed two new mobile phone apps Tuesday they say will allow supporters greater leverage in their support for President Barack Obama or presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

Team Romney's app, called "Mitt's VP," will send a notification to users when the candidate is ready to announce his vice presidential selection. The campaign said the app would be the "first official distribution channel" for the big reveal.

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"The historic announcement is getting closer," Beth Myers, who heads the Romney campaign's search for a number two, wrote in a statement. "Soon everyone will know who Mitt Romney selects as his Vice Presidential running mate. With this new app, users can be the first to know the second member of America's Comeback Team."

Last week, Myers offered a potential hint on the search for a running mate, tweeting a list of names that have all been speculated as potential VP picks.

The names included: Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Obama's campaign also premiered a mobile phone app Tuesday that allows volunteers to get information about phone banks and events, as well as enter voter information on neighborhood canvass walks.

The campaign said the app would also help people register to vote and provide information on new voter ID laws.

"The campaign's strength has always come from the millions of grassroots supporters who are organizing in their communities and talking to their neighbors about President Obama every day," Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter wrote.

She said the new app would "help break down the distinction between online and offline organizing, giving every supporter the same opportunities to get involved that they would find in a field office."

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    I wonder. Will we be using "apps" running on some not yet invented device to cast our votes in the future?

    July 31, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  2. george of the jungle

    go team Obama Forward 2012

    July 31, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Maybe this will get more people to vote. That is something that we need in this country; more people understanding the process and voting. There are far too few people who vote and are aware of the political process.

    July 31, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |