ANALYSIS: A Comparison Of How Presidential Contenders Have Engaged The Netroots

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"ANALYSIS: A Comparison Of How Presidential Contenders Have Engaged The Netroots"

This morning, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) announced through a web video that she would be forming a presidential exploratory committee, stating that she would “be holding live online video chats this week.” Sen. Barack Obama (D-NY) also announced his exploratory committee earlier this week by posting a flash video on his website. These recent moves are a testament to the growing influence of the blogosphere/netroots community.

Below is a comparison of how the announced presidential candidates in both major political parties (listed in alphabetical order) have engaged the online community:

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS)

– Presidential announcement on web

Former Gov. Jim Gilmore (R-VA)

– No known official website

Former Gov. Rudy Giuliani (R-NY)

Exploratory committee website, no major interactive online presence

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)

PAC website

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

Exploratory committee website, no major interactive online presence

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX)

– No known official website

UPDATE: Paul does have a very basic website.

Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA)

Exploratory committee website, no major interactive online presence

Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO)

– Basic website, no major interactive online presence

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson (R-WI)

– Basic website, no major interactive online presence

Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE)

Blog

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY)

– Exploratory committee announcement made on web
– Will host live online video chats
Blog coming soon

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT)

Blog
– Flickr feed
– MySpace page
– Facebook page
– YouTube feed

Sen. John Edwards (D-NC)

Blog
– Fickr feed
– MySpace page
– Facebook page
– YouTube feed

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)

Video blog
Members can post comments, upload video, and chat with each other

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL)

– Exploratory committee announcement made on web
– DailyKos diary

Former Gov. Tom Vilsack (D-IA)

– MySpace page
– Facebook page
– YouTube feed
– Linkedln site
– Daily Kos diary
– MyDD diary
– Online listening tour

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