Politico Joins The Debate

From their release:

    The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library will host a Republican presidential debate May 3 that will feature questions submitted in real-time via Politico.com.

    Former first lady Nancy Reagan is inviting the leading GOP candidates to the first-ever debate at her husband’s library in Simi Valley, Calif. “Ronnie always hoped the library would be a place where policymakers will debate the future,” she said. “This presidential debate provides the opportunity to fulfill his wishes.”

    Members of the audience watching the debate on Politico.com, the Web site of The Politico newspaper, will submit questions to the candidates. MSNBC will televise the debate nationally and simulcast it on Politico.com. Politico reporters will read questions from the Web audience to the candidates.

    The Web site will give readers the opportunity to discuss the debate beforehand and possible lines of questioning. The format, lineup and other details will be announced soon.

    “Our aim has always been to give readers not only breaking news and sharp analysis but also the chance to tell Washington — and the candidates — about their most pressing concerns,” said Robert Allbritton, publisher of politico.com.