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More voters today are registering as independents than at anytime in American history. As partisan campaigns seek to divide the nation into a superficial left v. right or Democrat v. Republican mentality, the independent-minded voter looks for candidates that think and speak for themselves. The 2012 elections will be an important test of how independent-minded voters will assert themselves at the polls.
On Thursday, IVN.us hosted the first ever online presidential debate over Google Hangout. Third party candidates, Jill Stein and Gary Johnson, graciously agreed to participate in an informative back-and-forth on.
Debates have always been an important platform for candidates to articulate and narrate their stances on the issues of the era. Like any art, particular moments in the past have defined and redirected its present form.
The world was witness to not only the wonders of a new technology, but patient with its introduction to American politics. More importantly, credit has to be given to the candidates and IVN participants: real questions from real people with real responses.