With help from the Google Plus team, and the participation of Governor Gary Johnson and Dr. Jill Stein, we hosted the first presidential debate aired entirely online. We brought two candidates, separated by distance, together to discuss issues largely ignored by the Republican and Democratic candidates. Steve Peace, co-founder of the Independent Voter Project, moderated the debate from San Diego, California. Using the technology of Google+, we were able to bring alternative voices into the debate, with questions directly posed by our online audience.
After a technological hiccup, the conversation heavily turned into back and forth debate on climate, education, the mortgage meltdown, drones, and our role abroad: issues that were blatantly missing from Tuesday’s televised Presidential Debate.
Not only were the two candidates sparring online, voters on Twitter were actively engaging in a lively debate of the issues. Unlike the twitter feeds from Tuesday’s debate, tweet chat #indyvote was populated with tweets about the issues. Users debated the merits of education reform, solutions to poverty, and plans for climate change and green energy.
Here’s what people were saying about IVN’s Presidential Debate:
Third party debates are much more mature than Democratic vs. Republican debates. #Indyvote
— Brennan Voorheis (@BVoorheis) October 19, 2012
— Peter Jaworski (@petermjaworski) October 19, 2012
#indyvote I loved the debate! Both were very cordial and presented their points well. I already gave @jillstein2012 my vote!
— Kris Smoot (@THE_Smoot) October 19, 2012
— David R. Davidson (@DavidRDavidson) October 19, 2012
Both candidates clearly have their differences, but I find them both inspiring, sincere, and credible. #indyvote
— Humble Libertarian (@thehuli) October 18, 2012
"I want to largely agree with the Governor here," @jillstein2012 – Did you hear those words at the televised presidential debate? #indyvote
— IVN News (@IVNetwork) October 18, 2012
What I love about the #IndyVote debate? They don't bash each other, they say what they believe and that's it.
— Corissa Smitherman (@Corissa_S) October 19, 2012
— Hollie Baker-Lutz (@holliebakerlutz) October 19, 2012
#indyvote it's amazing how such different candidates can be so respectful of each other! i really appreciate that!
— Karen Arn (@ArnKaren) October 18, 2012
— Š|£þþ£Я¥ (@Sleppery) October 19, 2012
— Nick Toney (@natoney) October 18, 2012
#indyvote This debate, when technology permits, shows the differences in the platforms. Neither of them are lying.
— Kris Smoot (@THE_Smoot) October 18, 2012