October 29th, 2009
05:12 PM ET
13 years ago

Cantor launches 'WhipCast' application for BlackBerry

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Washington (CNN) A new BlackBerry application released Thursday by the office of House Minority Whip Eric Cantor is the latest technology upgrade for Republicans.

The new "WhipCast" application is "designed to directly communicate with users in real-time," Cantor's office said in an e-mail.

"Today's launch of the WhipCast BlackBerry app is the latest demonstration of our commitment to modernize the way we communicate with Americans from coast-to-coast," Cantor said in an accompanying statement.

The new application - which was tested by Cantor's new media team before its public rollout - will deliver text, audio, image and video updates to users, according to Cantor's office. "WhipCast" also gives users access to Republican talking points, policy discussions, polling information, and floor schedule updates.

The new application's rollout hit an early speed bump Thursday when users had trouble downloading the program. A House Republican staffer blamed the intermittent accessibility of the Web page where the application is available on House Democrats, who released a nearly 2,000-page health care reform bill for download earlier in the day.

Earlier this month, the Republican National Committee debuted a revamped GOP.com - but the effort was mocked online by Democrats and Republicans alike. And House Republicans have also organized a New Media Caucus to identify and share technological practices.

Matt Lira, Cantor's new media strategist, said the BlackBerry application is "part of the same spirit" that animates the House GOP New Media Caucus.

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Filed under: Eric Cantor • GOP • House
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Liberals are Hypocrites (but OF COURSE CNN won't print this!

    Whatever you can do to expose the Obama lie, Cantor - DO IT!

    October 29, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  2. Taylor

    Mr. Cantor .Will the republican health care plan be available for reading?

    October 29, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  3. Willsooooon!!!


    We now have better means of calling you out Cantor.

    October 29, 2009 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. Aaron

    At least the Repubs have a new device to get the lies and nonsense out lickety split! That should take some of the pressure off of Fox.

    October 29, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  5. Ted Tartaglia

    If the Republican'ts had anything to communicate this would be great,however, they have two problems. They have nothing to communicate except empty space and most of their audience is incapable of operating a BlackBerry.

    October 29, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  6. Gary Cloud

    I am a Contractor. My Blacberry is a tool to help me pay my Private Health Care Premiums that have gone throughj the roof. I don't have the time to watchdog politicians.

    October 30, 2009 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
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