The first ever online-only US presidential debates are being planned for 2008. Yahoo!, The Huffington Post and Slate will host the debates on their websites, and give voters the opportunity to ask questions directly to the candidates.
Voters will also be able to participate in debates in real-time, and even determine which candidate is giving the best performance. The debates, scheduled to take place after Labor Day, will be hosted by PBS’ Charlie Rose. The Democratic debate will feature opening remarks by DNC chair Howard Dean.
With presidential candidates announcing online and with campaign ads and fundraising increasingly online, presidential campaigns are moving to the internet at breakneck speed. Online debates are the inevitable next step, claims Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post.
There will be two online-only debates, one for Democrats and one for Republicans, with invitations extended to candidates who have formally announced their candidacies. These online debates will allow the candidates to participate from whatever location they choose, brought together live via the internet, and will feature real-time questions sent in by the online audience, as well as viewer questions uploaded on video.