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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

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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