10 Questions for the Presidential Candidates

Starting today the folks over at Tech President, along with a few dozen co-sponsors (including MyDD), are putting forward a really exciting effort: 10Questions.com.

The concept is fairly simple. Record a question for a presidential candidate. Upload it to YouTube or other online video sites with the the tag "10Questions". Vote on the submitted questions. The top 10 questions will be selected to be passed on to the presidential candidates, who will post video answers. You will then vote on whether the candidate actually answered the question.

Taking a step back, the co-creators of the effort Andrew Rasiej, Micah L. Sifry, and David Colarusso explain,

Why a new online presidential forum, on top of all the others this year? Well, we believe the internet offers our democracy the chance to end the era of soundbite TV politics and start the era of community conversation. Old fashioned televised debates have their value, but TV has several inherent limits. Only a few people get to ask questions. The candidates have very little time to answer, forcing them to speak in canned sound bites. The audience has no way of providing meaningful feedback. If the candidate doesn't answer the questions, we have no way of pushing them to do so.

Now for the specifics.

Starting today, the sponsors of 10Questions are asking their millions of readers and the larger public to submit online video questions addressed to the candidates using a variety of platforms (YouTube, MySpace, Yahoo, andBlip.tv), tagging their video with the word "10Questions." The 10Questions site will then find and display those questions and enable the public to vote up or down on these submissions. At the end of four weeks, on November 14, we'll stop the voting and after a quick audit to check against ballot-stuffing, the top ten vote-getting questions will be submitted to all the major candidates.

The candidates will then have four weeks, from November 17 to December 15, to submit answers to be posted online. As those responses are posted, the public will be given the opportunity to vote again, up or down, on whether the candidates have answered the questions to their satisfaction. Users can vote on as many videos as they like, but they only get one vote per IP address. The process will end December 31.

This is an effort I'm really excited about and one that I hope the MyDD community can really get involved in. So head over to 10Questions.com today and get started.

Tags: 10Questions, White House 2008 (all tags)


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