IVN.us will be hosting the first ever, online presidential debate. Unlike debates in the past, the candidates and moderators will simultaneously participate from different states. IVN.us will utilize its website and associated social media accounts to publish the event and gather questions for the candidates.
The participants will include Libertarian candidate and former Governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein. Governor Johnson will be joining from Laramie, Wyoming and Dr. Stein will join from Seattle, Washington.
IVN.us is working with Google+ Politics to host the event using a live Google+ Hangout. Each participant will appear using videoconference technology and respond to questions submitted online and from one another.
Thursday, October 18, 2012 4pm PST/7pm EST
The online presidential debate will focus on five key topics in domestic policy including:
1. Tax and Economic Policy, 2. Energy, 3. Housing and Financial Regulation, 4. Foreign Policy, and 5. One topic selected based upon online user response.
IVN.us will be looking to independent-minded voters across the country to participate by submitting their questions for the candidates within each topic. Each topic will include two questions submitted using the hashtag #indyvote on Google+ and Twitter, responding to calls for questions on the ‘Independent Voter’ Facebook Page, or posting on this article.
The debate can be viewed live on October 18, 2012 beginning at 4pm Pacific on IVN.us, or on IVN.us’ Google+ and YouTube page. The event will be recorded and can be viewed at either location following the debate.
We will be tweet chatting and participating on Google+ during the debate. Follow the hashtag #indyvote on Twitter and Google+ during the debate to join the conversation, respond to the candidates, and let them know how they are doing in answering your questions.