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Dems at convention to take questions "town hall" style

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Elected officials and speakers plan to answer pre-submitted questions Monday-Wednesday at the Democratic convention.

From the DNCC...'

AMERICA'S TOWN HALL' TO PUT PEOPLE FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY CENTER STAGE AT 2008 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION

Americans Invited to Submit Questions for Elected Leaders and National Experts, Answers Delivered Live from Convention Floor in Denver, Online at DemConvention.com
DENVER -- As part of its commitment to throw open the doors to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) today announced that Americans from across the country will have the opportunity to have their questions answered live from the Convention floor through "America's Town Hall," an interactive dialogue designed to bring more people into the Convention.

Monday through Wednesday of Convention week, the Convention program will feature a nightly segment in which elected leaders, national policy experts and other Convention speakers will respond to voters on topics including how to change politics as usual, fix our economy, make America safer and restore our nation's standing in the world.

"As Barack Obama has said, this is not our Convention - this is America's Convention," said Governor Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee. "And now, at a critical moment in our history, Americans will have their concerns addressed, challenges listened to and their questions answered live by our country's leaders. We want Americans to be at the center of this Convention, and 'America's Town Hall' will allow us to do just that."

Starting today, text and video questions can be submitted online at www.DemConvention.com/townhall through Wednesday, August 27, though participants are encouraged to submit their questions as early as possible. A variety of questions will be answered live from the Convention floor in front of thousands of delegates in the Convention hall, millions of Americans watching the Convention at home on television and millions more watching online. In addition, elected leaders and policy experts will also answer questions online during Convention week at www.DemConvention.com.

In addition to submitting questions online, Americans in eight cities across the country will have the opportunity to record their questions and individual stories in person at a series of "open calls" starting Wednesday, August 13. Open calls will take place in Atlanta, Ga.; Columbus, Ohio; Denver, Colo.; Detroit, Mich.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Raleigh, N.C.; Richmond, Va.; and Tampa, Fla. The exact times and locations of those tapings will be posted to www.DemConvention.com/townhall as they are scheduled and released to local media in those markets.

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8 Comments

"Dems at convention to take questions 'town hall' style."

Oh, you mean the unscripted, any-question-goes style?

"Well, yeah, sort of. Here's how it works. First, you submit your questions by text, video or recording. That's when we go to work for the American people or the DNC, whichever comes first.

In a most innocent and unintentional way (trust me on this) we pick the most self-serving and egocentric of those questions submitted and those are the ones that will be answered from the Convention floor.

Now, you may ask. Is that the unscripted, any-question-goes Town Hall style as promised?

Well, yes. Just remember, the key to this style is 'any-question-goes'.

Let us vote-- then we can let the candidate"s spouses take 'questions' from the audience. This is why we need a green party--and the instant runoff second choice ballots in the future.

Lol what a joke. I guess this is the democrats version of a town hall debate since Obama is too afraid to debate McCain in a REAL town hall setting.

This is a VERY bad joke. Do a roll call vote on both candidates. Winner take all.
Now that we know that the Edwards torpedoed Hillary into less of the tie that it was (and HIllary was very gracious) this is the ONLY way out.
Then do your little town hall questions.
That is, if you want us to stay dems and not go green once we get the instant run off second choice ballots. Then we can say bye bye to all Daley machine type folks.

IT'S NOT THAT BARACK OBAMA IS AFRAID TO DO ANYTHING WITH DEAR JOHN, HE DOESN'T WANT TO GET
DUPED LIKE IN THE DEBATES, THE SCRIPT ALWAYS GETS
FLIPPED AND HE IS MADE TO LOOK DEFENSIVE!
FOOL ME ONCE SHAME ON YOU, FOOL ME TWICE SHAME ON
ME!
WE ALL KNOW MCCAIN CAN'T OUT-THINK OBAMA, WE ALL
KNOW HOW BORING MCCAIN IS, MCCAIN LIKES THIS
FORMAT BECAUSE HE LIKES SMALL SETTINGS, SMALL MEN
LIKE SMALL THINGS SYNDROME, WELL WHEN YOU RUN FOR
THE PRESIDENCY DEAR JOHN YOU HAVE TO DO IT BIG!
SO WATCH BARACK OBAMA'S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH IN FRONT
OF 70,000 PEOPLE AND MARVEL!
JOHN MCCAIN IS SMALL POTATOES!

What's your messiah gonna accept, SHOUTING PHIL---THE SELECTION BY THE MEN WHO KNEW EDWARDS WAS DEPRIVING US OF THE ONLY CANDIDATE WHO CAN BEAT MCSAME?
DID OBAMA BRING ANY MONEY FOR RIELLE TO DEAR JOHNNY AND HIS LONG SUFFERING (?) WIFEY?
I am sick sick sick of the dems. AIn't a gonna vote repug, but the greens seem the only way to go after this.

SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE RELATED TO SEAN HANNITY OR
GLEN BECK, YOU SAID IT PERFECTLY WHY WOULD WE
WANT ANOTHER 4 YEARS OF GEORGE BUSH!
PLEASE TELL THIS MAN THAT MCCAIN IS REPRESENTING
THE GOP, NOT OBAMA!
WE NEED NEW BLOOD IN THE WHITE HOUSE, NOT BUSINESS
AS USUAL, NOT SOMEBODY READING A CHILDREN'S BOOK
DURING 9-11, NOT SOMEONE AT THE OLYMPICS WHEN
RUSSIA IS FIGHTING IT OUT WITH THEIR NEIGHBOR!
WE NEED A CHANGE!
BARACK OBAMA IS THE MAN FOR THE JOB!
TAKE IT OR LET IT ALONE!

Well, Shouting Phil---so Glad the Messiahs came to their senses.
We'll be working for Obama.
But not becuase you shouted at us to.

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