The following is a transcript from last night’s widely unpublicized fourth presidential debate. As a response to the impending digital age and in order to connect with young voters, it was held in a Public AOL Chatroom.
Thursday 10-30-08 8:01:00 EST
BrokAwesome: Good evening from all of us here at AOL > ChatForum > Interests > Politics/Current Events/Weather. I’m Tom Brokaw of NBC News. And welcome to the fourth presidential debate, sponsored by the New Facebook.
BrokAwesome: We are making history 2nite, with the first online presidential debate! Each candidate will have approximately 4 lines of chat to respond. PPL have been selected from an online poll. Please no applause lol JK. May we introduce the two candidates? Senator Obama?
MrCool61: Thanx, Tom. It is my pleasure 2 B here. First off, I’d like 2 thank Senator McCain for agreeing 2 meet me here 2nite. The American people R tired of the same old debate format and I think it’s refreshing 2 see the future of debating happen today. It’s a nice CHANGE lol!
BrokAwesome: Thanx, Senator Obama.
BrokAwesome: Senator McCain/?
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BrokAwesome: Lets just move on to the first question. This comes 2 us from Jeanette in Mountain Hills, Nevada.
sExYxYgAl696969: Thank you, Tom. This question is for Senator McCain. Amidst the growing economic uncertainty, what would be your first action as President to control the spiraling global economic crisis?
firstname.lastname@example.org: thank you jeanette
email@example.com: thank you for your thoughtful question. americans are angry their upset, and theyre a little fearful. its our job to f
firstname.lastname@example.org: ix the problem
email@example.com: obama cant fix it my friends!
BrokAwesome: Senator Obama, your response?
MrCool61: Thanx, Jeanette. We need 2 do lots of things.
MrCool61: We need 2 fix health care
MrCool61: We need better education
firstname.lastname@example.org: > : (
MrCool61: Mebe tax cuts too?/
MrCool61: I wasnt done John
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BrokAwesome: Why dont we move on? Our next question comes from Roger in Dayton City, Carolina.
Roger987349857332: wanna see my webcam for FREE? http//:www.hot.stuff.cam.hotcam/user_239032093909993321.htm
MrCool61: That saddens me Tom. You see, thats a result of the failed ecomonic policies of Bush/McCain. He is charging nothing for his webcam.
BrokAwesome: Great answer ; )
firstname.lastname@example.org: how do i make the font bigger
email@example.com: o nvrm
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AlaskaGal45: OBAMA’S A MOSLIM TERRORIST!!!!11
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MrCool61: Who was that?
firstname.lastname@example.org: anyways lets keep going
BrokAwesome: I have a qeustion directed at both of the candidates. Health care, energy, and Entitlement Reform. How would you prioritize these things?
MrCool61: 1. energy
MrCool61: 2. health care
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MrCool61: 3. entitlement reform
MrCool61: but more importantly, we need to focus on:
MrCool61: a positive future
MrCool61: something america can all agree on
MrCool61: Sry ; – ) 2 cute!
BrokAwesome: Lol, that is adorable. Senator McCain?
email@example.com: my friend joe the plumber sent me this. i want to direct americas attention to this website. joe if your out there reading this is for you my friend
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email@example.com: ew nvrm
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ProfAyers111: yo b-man whyd you block me
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firstname.lastname@example.org: wtf who was that?
MrCool61: Prob no1
BrokAwesome: Ok our time is almost up. Let’s do final statements now. Sum up your beliefs in one word or an emoticon of your choice.
MrCool61: Vote for the cool one! : – )
email@example.com: maverck maverck maverck guys thnk my eye key snt workng
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BrokAwesome: Thank you all for joining us 2nite in such a revolutionary format
: ) The election is Nov 4. Don’t forget to Barack the Vote, everybody.
BrokAwesome: TTYL, America.
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HILLdawg4prez: hey guys whats up
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HILLdawg4prez: i h8 my life