GOP in tweeted debate

by Russ Jones,

A conservative non-profit group announced last week that it will host the Twitter Republican Presidential Debate on July 20 — the first presidential debate conducted through one of the web’s largest social media sites.

Political analyst and pollster Dick Morris will moderate event that will feature many GOP candidates. Dustin Stockton, media director of the conservative group, says the platform will separate the debate from the rest of Twitter.

“We’ve developed a platform that isolates the tweets from the candidates and our moderator from the rest of the Twitter universe,” Stockton explains. “What that allows us to do is to break down what’s happening with the moderators and the candidates, versus everybody else on Twitter.”

Morris will select a range of questions to pose to the candidates, who will answer in real time using Twitter’s dictated 140-character limit. Planners hope the debate will accomplish a broad range of citizen engagement.

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