June 23rd, 2008
09:26 AM ET
14 years ago

Presidential candidates all a twitter

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/23/art.twitter.cnn.jpg caption=" Twitter is hosting a presidential debate."](CNN)–The McCain and Obama campaigns are participating in the first ever presidential TWITTER debate.

Twitter.com is a micro-blogging website that allows it’s users to stay in constant communication by sending instant messages known as “tweets”. It’s free, and open to anyone.

Tweets are limited to 140 characters each, so the candidate’s representatives will have to keep their answers short and to the point.

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Liz Mair, the on-line director for the Republican National Committee will be fielding questions for Senator John McCain.

Mike Nelson, an outside advisor to Senator Barack Obama on technology, media and telecommunications will be answering questions for Obama.

The debate will be moderated by Ana Marie Cox, the founding editor of Wonkette blog, and blogger for Time Magazine’s “Swampland” blog. Cox sometimes uses Twitter to write her blog.

The debate is taking place in conjunction with the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City on June 22 and 23. The forum is being held to discuss how technology is changing politics.

A spokesman for the event says that the debate is the brainchild of the event’s founders, Micah Sifry and Andrew Rasiej, who were inspired by members of congress extemporaneously using Twitter to discuss issues. Apparently Reps. Tim Ryan and John Culberson, who both have their own Twitter accounts, started debating energy and drilling for oil in the ANWR while on the House floor last week.

Questions posed during the Twitter debate will revolve around technology policy and government reform. If you are interested in finding out more on where the candidates stand on issues like net neutrality, log on to twitter.com or tweetboards.com/pdfdebate

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. DD, New York

    Hey Barak will do well??? After he finishings phumphering and stuttering, he will have used up his allowable, 140 characters, and we still won't know what changes he really means.

    June 23, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |

    Now Hillary's "ladies" can tweet and get all ruffled again !!!!!

    June 23, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. mCBUSH

    mccain will flip flop again. I am sure mccain will lose. Go Obama we want to show the world we can change our country

    June 23, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  4. Anthony Russo

    Expect a Twitter crash.

    June 23, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  5. Crush Rush

    The Republicans dont do debates,they just do smear and fear,just like the blogs.They cant back a candidate because they dont have one,so they just attack, like dogs chasing their tails.Its a shame to see but oh so funny too.

    June 23, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. Alice in Florida

    Well, good thing it's the candidates' representatives giving the answers. Barack can't think fast enough! We all saw that in the few debates he didn't run away from.

    I can't wait to see him stumble, mumble, and bumble his way through debates with McCain….or maybe he'll claim it's racist to expect him to debate……Racism seems to be his answer to everything. He looks more and more like Al Sharpton every day!


    June 23, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  7. HULK

    To all HRC supporters. We the republicans welcome you with open arms. We donte believe in womans rights, we disagree on who we put in the supreme courts, and disagree in many other things but we still love to use you to our full advantage.

    Muchos Thanks

    June 23, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  8. William, from Cali!

    Enough already! I'm tried of "reality shows", that consists of "Just Words" and "political pandering", for the sake of discussion..........they really don't solve problems..............or keep us safe from our enemies...........Do they?

    June 23, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Obama/Hillary 08

    When everything else fail the GOP will absolutely use race in this election. Shame on them GOP and I wonder how can we tell the world our way is better when we are reading in the same text book as them. America for God sake it is olmost the end of the 21st century and these retarded mentality do not have place in our society and world again. A man need to be judge by the content of his character. I feel that America is becoming like Pakistan and South Africa. Shame, Shame,Shame!

    June 23, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. John Smith

    Please, please, let the "bitter" and uninformed (and racially motivated) Hillary supporters not vote for Obama; let them throw their votes at McCain and watch their dreams and hopes go down the drain!

    These "bitter" voters should not be encouraged or begged to vote for Obama. For the educated and informed DEM, the primaries have always been about:
    1. The party, not the candidate
    2. The issues, not the candidate (gender, race or otherwise)
    3. The White House, not the candidate

    This is about winning the White House, gaining control to address issues of interest to DEMS, if people cannot see this as the goal, please let them vote for McCain! Let this nonsense and baby-talk stop!

    June 23, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. puff


    June 23, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. dem rule

    What a waste of time. Let's see BHO debate the oil execs, now that would be interesting to see real-world CEOs chew him up and spit him out.

    June 23, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. Irma in North Carolina

    Could you please ask all the Hillary supporters who are so stuborn and childish why they are voting for Mccain do they not know that this is four more years of Bush. Ask these supporters if they think Hillary is going to vote for Mccain, cause she lost, I think not.. Hope some one can get them to see the day light and vote for Obama

    June 23, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Delaware Voter

    I am a Republican – been one for 48 years – and I am voting for Barack Obama this November.

    June 23, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. STAY HOME!!!!!

    Ryan ..............No Obama EVER – Hillary or will stay home, along with Millions who will do the same. My vote, my choice..........LOOKS Like you will be HOME alone !!!!!! OBAMA / BIDEN 08

    June 23, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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