CNN to host US election town meeting 19 Aug

MUMBAI: CNN will host a live one-hour town meeting on 19 August in Canton, Ohio. The aim is to directly examine and discuss key concerns of America's undecided voters.

The show airs on 19 August at 8:30 am. Ohio is one of the key battleground states in the 2004 election. Stark County, which includes Canton, has voted for every winning presidential candidate since 1960, except for Jimmy Carter in 1976. Recent polling shows 14 per cent of Stark County voters are still undecided and it promises to be a highly competitive region for the candidates.

An audience of 200 likely voters will join CNN's Paula Zahn. The discussion will address the most pressing issues facing voters in Stark County, including the economy, jobs, education, terrorism and the war in Iraq. Representatives from both US President George Bush's and senator John Kerry's presidential campaigns are expected to join Zahn in fielding questions from the audience.

Zahn added, "With the large undecided vote in Ohio, Canton is a great place to tap into what really matters to voters. Members of our audience will be actively involved in the programme and will be encouraged to ask questions of both campaigns."

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