Candidates and Voters To Converse Online

NEW YORK (AP) -- It's the latest chapter of online interaction with presidential candidates.

Social networking site MySpace and MTV are going to hook up young voters with the 2008 hopefuls for what the sponsors describe as real-time, online dialogues.

The announced front-runners from both parties will participate, one at a time. Voters can instant-message, e-mail or text their questions during the events, which will be Webcast live on MTV.com and MySpaceTV.com.

The eleven dialogues are to begin September 27th and run through December. Each will last about one hour and include real-time polling that rates the online audience's response to the candidates' answers. During their chats, candidates will typically be located on college campuses.

Former Senator John Edwards will hold the first dialogue in New Hampshire.

Last month, CNN and video-sharing Web site YouTube partnered to hold a Democratic debate. A Republican debate with CNN and YouTube is scheduled for November.


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