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CNN's global audience to 'Debate the Debate' on presidential election

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MUMBAI: News broadcaster CNN is doing a cross-platform initiative that enables its global audience to engage in a real-time online dialogue. The conversation can be held with other viewers and users as well as with select CNN contributors as they watch the upcoming presidential and vice presidential debates.

The live, interactive conversations called “Debate the Debate with CNN” kicked off during the first presidential debate on 26 September. It will take place on 'The Forum' which is CNN.com's recently launched platform for social and political self-expression.

CNN.com senior VP, executive producer Rena Golden says, “'The Forum' is quickly evolving into a community whose members are actively engaging in conversations about today's hottest topics, in particular the fast-approaching presidential election,“The opportunity to host a real-time conversation among viewers during each of the upcoming debates is thrilling."

To participate in “Debate the Debate,” online users must register as a member of 'The Forum'. Upon registration, users are provided with simple tools for self-identification, social networking and community-building, including the ability to design a personalized virtual “badge” that graphically depicts their political passions and positions on top issues.

In addition to discussing the debate with other users, registered members of 'The Forum' get an opportunity to sound off with CNN contributors participating in the live, online conversation. CNN correspondent Candy Crowley, senior political analyst Bill Schneider, political analyst Mark Preston and political contributors Roland Martin and Leslie Sanchez are scheduled to engage in the community.

'The Forum' provides access to the most current election information, including detailed candidate profiles and platforms; examination of salient issues; an extensive video archive allowing users to hear from the candidates in their own words – raw and uncensored; and links to relevant political Web sites and other resources.

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