Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Blog

Emulating the Twitter forum hosted by the White House earlier this month, a few GOP presidential candidates will engage in the first-ever Twitter presidential debate today hosted by Tea Party favorites Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Rick Santorum, Gary Johnson, Thad McCotter and Newt Gingrich are all set to participate in today’s 3 p.m. debate moderated by conservative commentator S.E. Cupp and radio host Rusty Humphries. Like the forum held by the White House, questions can be submitted using the Twitter address @140townhall. However, in contrast to the televised forum in which President Obama answered the questions he received verbally, candidates will respond to questions via Twitter. POLITICO is also reporting that it is uncertain whether or not the candidates themselves will actually be tweeting answers.

The format of this debate shows that Republican candidates understand the merits of using social media just the same as Obama, and perhaps some might even benefit more. One candidate that comes to mind is Herman Cain, who has repeatedly stated his disdain for having to read material over a certain length, so 140 character questions and answers may be just what Cain is looking for. Michele Bachmann may also benefit, especially if she delegates someone else the task of writing her responses. Such a move would drastically reduce the chances of her mispronouncing something (e.g. "Choot-pah") or saying something historically inaccurate for example.

If you can, definitely take the time to submit a question via Twitter. You never know…you might make news!


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