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Posted July 7, 2011
Twitter debate planned July 20 for GOP 2012 hopefuls

On the heels of President Obama’s Twitter news conference, TheTeaParty.net has announced plans for a Presidential Twitter debate July 20.

The debate, which will moderated by political analyst and pollster Dick Morris, will feature 2012 Republican presidential nomination hopefuls Rep. Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Sen. Rick Santorum. More candidates may confirm before the debate.

“Maybe the Twitter limit of 140 characters to each tweet will make them get to the point and answer the question,” Morris said.

Obama took questions from users of Twitter, a social networking site, July 6. His verbal answers went well beyond the 140-charater limit of Twitter tweets, as messages are called. However, the GOP candidates will be limited to 140 characters, organizaers said.

The candidates will introduce themselves to Tea Party activists with a videotaped message at the beginning of the debate. Then activists can begin tweeting their questions. Morris will select a range of questions to pose to the candidates, who will answer in real time.


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