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A Smarter Presidential Election

On October 2, 2012, the first presidential debate of the 2012 Presidential Election between President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney took place. One thing that makes this debate so interesting is that it ran live on YouTube.

On top of the debate, ABC studios ran live tweets alongside the video feed both through Television feeds and YouTube feeds. The inclusion of Twitter allows the younger generation to get their views out there, not only for a small community to see, but everyone watching.

Further, there is a dial that keeps track of whether or not you agree or disagree with what is being said. Upon first viewing the live feed on YouTube, users are prompted to fill out some basic information: age, sex, political affiliation and whatnot.YouTube coordinates your political affiliation with a color and after deciding whether or not you agree with what is being said, at the end it will show how you compare the to other political affiliations. For example, if you put they you’re Independent, it will show how you compare to Democrats, Republicans, and Undecided.

Gone are the days when the presidential debates are off in some far away studio out of the public’s reach. With the help of YouTube, the debate is literally at our fingertips and just a hashtag away.

If you’re reading now, as the election is happening, you can view the live feed here.

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  1. October 3, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Lol. Did Romney just equate Jim Lear with Big Bird?!??

    • October 3, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      Not sure, didn’t catch it, haha!

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