MySpace, the world’s most popular social network, and MTV, the leading global youth brand, along with the Associated Press, today announced ”Closing Arguments: A Presidential Super Dialogue.” The event will offer candidates polling above 10%* a final chance to address the nation — particularly the energized and pivotal youth voting bloc – in advance of Super Tuesday, an unprecedented moment in U.S. political history, when more than 20 states hold presidential primaries or caucuses. Frontrunner candidates Hillary Clinton and Mike Huckabee are the first confirmed participants for the next installment of MySpace and MTV’s acclaimed Presidential Dialogue Series, taking place Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 6 PM ET on-air, online, radio and mobile phones. The Associated Press will distribute a live feed and on-demand highlights of the Dialogue to the 1,800 media sites in its Online Video Network; nearly 600 of those are local TV, newspaper or radio sites in states with Super Tuesday primaries. John McCain, Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Barack Obama and John Edwards have all been invited to participate in the event as well.
Young voters have turned out at primaries and caucuses in record numbers this year — tripling their presence in Iowa and South Carolina, and doubling in New Hampshire vs. four years ago — and their support will translate to 100s of delegates on Super Tuesday, February 5th. The ”Super Dialogue” will give each participating candidate an opportunity to engage with this audience and individually address questions posed by online viewers via MySpaceIM, ChooseOrLose.com and from the live, college-aged audience in MTV’s Times Square studio in New York. Candidates have the freedom to join from the studio or via satellite from the campaign trail. MTV News Correspondents Gideon Yago and Sway Calloway, as well as WashingtonPost.com political reporter Chris Cillizza will return to moderate, joined by a top AP political reporter covering the campaign.
A revolutionary polling tool, powered by Flektor , will enable viewers watching online to indicate their approval or disapproval of candidates’ responses throughout the course of the event and help guide the direction of the forum. A ”popular vote” function will allow viewers to compare their opinions against those of the entire viewing community.
Previous MySpace- MTV Presidential Dialogues have featured former Senator John Edwards at the University of New Hampshire, Senator Barack Obama at Coe College in Iowa, and Senator John McCain at Southern New Hampshire University, individually engaging with students at each event and addressing unfiltered questions posed by online viewers. Since their debut, video highlights from previous Dialogues have been streamed more than one million times, and approximately four million people have tuned in to watch the Dialogues on MTV or MySpace.
The Presidential Dialogue series is a key component of the MySpace Impact Channel and MTV’s ”Choose or Lose” . ”Choose or Lose” is MTV’s Emmy-Award winning campaign to engage, inform and empower young voters on the political issues that matter to them most. First launched in 1992, the campaign has helped fuel several of the largest youth voter turnouts in US history, including in 2004, when it helped inspire nearly 22 million 18-30 year olds to register and vote. The Impact Channel is MySpace’s hub for social and civic engagement, designed to empower MySpace users to make a difference in the world and to allow politicians, non-profits, and civic organizations to connect with MySpace’s global audience. The Impact Channel houses the official MySpace pages for all of the major party Presidential candidates, as well as tools to enable voter registration, fundraising, and volunteering. On January 1 and 2, 2008 the Impact Channel hosted the first in nation presidential primary with more than 150,000 MySpace users voicing their choice for the nation’s highest office.