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Your voice to be heard in historic debates

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  • CNN and YouTube will pass along user-generated questions at debate
  • Democratic candidates answer July 23; Republicans on November 28
  • Share your post-debate analysis on's I-Report
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- For the first time in presidential debate history, user-generated video will drive two unprecedented debates.

On July 23, Democratic candidates for president faced your questions. No journalists. No panelists. No filters.

Just the people's questions and the candidate's answers. The Democratic candidates were confronted with the questions you sent in via YouTube.

For the first time, user-generated video questions will drive presidential debates.

In another first-ever facet of this live event, you will be able to provide your views as part of's post-debate political analysis by submitting your video commentary through I-Report.

Republican candidates will participate in the second CNN-YouTube debate on November 28.

CNN's Anderson Cooper will moderate the two-hour debates and pose follow-up questions.

The Democratic debate, the first Democratic National Committee-sanctioned presidential forum of the 2008 election cycle, was held at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. The Republican presidential forum hosted by CNN and YouTube will take place in Florida. Both will be aired live on CNN.

CNN will produce the televised events and will select the questions used in the debates. Select YouTube contributors were flown to Charleston to watch the debates live.

"YouTube enables voters and candidates to communicate in a way that simply was not possible during the last election," said Chad Hurley, CEO and co-founder of YouTube. "For the first time in the history of presidential debates, voters from around the country will be able to ask the future president of the United States a question in video form and hear the answer."

"These debates take the bold step of embracing the ever-increasing role of the Internet in politics," said Jim Walton, CNN Worldwide president. "The inclusion of the massive online community enables these debates to engage more viewers -- and potential voters -- than ever before."

Immediately after the debate, user questions and candidate answers will be featured on YouTube and the full debate video will be available for viewing on Also, on both sides, people will be able to engage in community features, extending the life of the debates, and participating in the ongoing political dialogue.

So, participate and add your voice to this historic event. Watch the debates live online or on air on CNN, CNN International, CNN en Espaņol, CNN Radio and CNN Airport Network.


And stop by's Election Center 2008 to learn more about the candidates and issues, or visit YouTube for more extensive coverage.

Don't forget to deliver your post-debate analysis and commentary through I-Report. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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