Is technology changing the presidential campaigns for the better or worse? - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Is technology changing the presidential campaigns for the better or worse?

From the "I gotta crush on Obama" video on YouTube, to the social networking experiment cooked up by the John McCain campaign, now more than ever, presidential hopefuls are turning to the web for support.

Hillary Clinton has promoted herself through a series of podcasts on some of the nation's leading political sites and blogs.  Republican rebel Ron Paul has taken his case to MySpace, boasting more than 5,000 friends.  And Mitt Romney claims more than 2,000 friends, sharing everything about himself - even his favorite books and music groups.

How is technology changing the presidential campaigns this year?  And is it changing politics for better or for worse?


Your responses:


I think that the internet has become one of the last places that non "mainstream" candidates can get their messages out. It has become very obvious in the last several elections that certain candidates, ie Hillary for example, show up on every morning show there is, but candidates like Ron Paul whos campaign have been all but blacked out by the media. You can tell who the big station owners want elected that's for sure.

As for Myspace, a quick clarification, Ron Paul has about 105,000 friends. Not the 5000 you reported. Another attempt to down play his candidacy. He is also the most Googled candidate too.

-Michael Kaufman
Otis Orchards, WA

*Editors note: Ron Paul's list of friends on MySpace has grown considerably since this story was first publushed, hence the disparity of numbers.


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