Launches 'The Forum' to Showcase Public's Opinions

Responding to the intense public interest in the upcoming presidential election and in both the Democratic and Republican national conventions, has launched “The Forum,” an online destination for political and social self-expression where the CNN audience can share opinions on the candidates and the election overall, as well as the issues most important to them.

“’s users are independent thinkers with diverse viewpoints and opinions, and we are delighted to offer a launching point for them to become a bigger part of the global conversation,” said Rena Golden, senior vice president and executive producer of”The Forum will serve as more than a platform to inform our users – it will give our audience a medium and tools to participate and engage in the major issues of today.”

As CNN’s latest online community initiative, The Forum will provide users with a platform to inform themselves as well as sound off and engage in discussion about issues they deem important this election season and beyond. The Forum provides users with practical, convenient access to the most current election information, including detailed candidate profiles and platforms; examination of salient issues; an extensive video archive allowing users to hear from the candidates in their own words – raw and uncensored; and links to relevant political Web sites and other resources.

By visiting the League of First Time Voters’ page, users can access the music video for the leagues’ theme song”Feels Like the First Time,” rerecorded by platinum-selling recording artist Daughtry and originally made famous by Foreigner in 1977. The video, created by CNN, includes imagery of first-time voters of all ages, as well as Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on the campaign trail.

Online users also are invited to pose questions to CNN’s Best Political Team on Television through video submissions to, CNN’s unfiltered user-generated community Web site. contributors also may gain recognition by having the material they submit to the site – once vetted and approved for use – appear on a CNN network or is the world’s No. 1 destination for online and wireless news, garnering the greatest audience share among current events and global news sites. Launched in 1995, draws from the resources of CNN Worldwide and its many partners to provide consumers with the most enriching, immediate interaction with news anywhere, seamlessly combining articles, videos, images, interactive features and user-generated content.’s news video offering – both live and on-demand – is unparalleled on the Web.’s recent awards include an Edward R. Murrow award, a National Headliner award and two EPpy awards.

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