September is a crowded debate month for the 2012 Republican candidates. On September 22nd, the candidates will meet in a match up sponsored by Fox News, Google and the Florida Republican Party. This debate will be a similar format to the “CNN/YouTube” debate we witnessed during the 2008 elections where candidates took questions from citizens via video.
Air Date: Thursday, September 22nd at 9pm EST on Fox News
Submit Questions: Fox News/Google Debate
Report from Lost Remote:
Fox News and Google will host a September 22nd debate with questions submitted by voters on YouTube. There are some other interesting Google elements, as well: voters will be encouraged to vote up or down their favorite questions using Google Moderator. “Many of the top-voted [questions] will be put straight to the candidates to answer,” explains Google’s Steve Grove on the company blog.
That has to be the first time I’ve seen any TV connection to Google Moderator, and Google also says it plans to wrap in its public data and search trends on air “to give greater context to the questions,” explains Grove. “The result—an informative dialogue about the future of our country centered on the issues you care most about.”
“For access to news and information, it’s hard to imagine two more powerful brands than Fox News and Google,” said Fox’s Michael Clemente. “The strength and reach of both should ensure a thorough and engaging debate that anyone can participate in.”
Fox News’ YouTube channel is accepting questions now. The debate will air — and stream live on YouTube and FoxNews.com — on Sept. 22 from 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET.
This format has some advantages such as the entertainment value, however, there was a lot of silly questions via YouTube back in 2008, lets hope this time around yields some better results.