YouTube Picks the Candidates

Perhaps one of the most unique ways to have a debate for the primary elections leading up to the 2008 presidential elections, CNN is putting on another series of debates among the democratic candidates and the republican candidates, respectively. However, rather than joining up with a local tv station or another political website, the July 23 debates will be sponsored/presented jointly by CNN and YouTube.

From now until July 22, interested people can go ahead and submit their videos of them asking questions and they may be broadcast to perhaps millions of viewers during the debate and answered by the candidates. If you’re lucky, according to CNN…

The CNN political team will choose the most creative and compelling videos, and if yours is one of them, you may get the chance to fly to Charleston to watch the debate live and offer your reactions afterward on YouTube’s political video blog, Citizentube.

So take part in the political process and voice your opinion (and questions!)…let’s enhance the process through any digital means necessary…

By Ken Yeung

Ken Yeung is a journalist fascinated with the tech industry and internet culture. He's currently Flipboard's Assistant Managing Editor, overseeing news curation in technology, science, gaming and health. In addition to his day job, Ken's the co-host of "The Created Economy" podcast, examining the Creator Economy. In a past life, he was a former reporter for VentureBeat and The Next Web, covering tech startups, the industry's innovations and funding.