Illinois Senator Barack Obama will be the next presidential candidate to participate in a MySpace/MTV dialogue when he takes the stage on October 29 at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Following on the heels of the first forum with candidate John Edwards on September 27, Obama will answer questions from the live audience and watch as his responses are rated in real time by users weighing in over the Internet.
The forum, which will take place at 1:30 p.m. ET, will stream live on MySpace.com, MTV's ChooseOrLose.com and MTV Mobile, and will air at 7 p.m. ET that evening on MTV. The dialogue will be moderated by MTV News correspondents Gideon Yago and Sway Calloway, as well as WashingtonPost.com political reporter Chris Cillizza, who kept Edwards on his toes during the first forum by feeding him instant audience reaction to his responses with a polling tool supplied by Flektor.
The inaugural MySpace/MTV Presidential Dialogue was the first ever to be broadcast on mobile phones, as well as the first to allow a home audience across the nation to rate the candidate's answers in real time and submit feedback that was used to help steer the forum's direction. Edwards, who dressed down for the event in jeans and a sport coat with no tie, appeared comfortable with the more relaxed environment as he answered a wide range of questions on everything from stem-cell research to the war in Iraq, funding for arts education and the situation in Darfur. As with that event, the audience at Coe College will be comprised entirely of university students, who will question Obama on the issues that most concern them.
The Obama forum will also be translated live into Spanish and broadcast on LaVibra, as well as simulcast in English on MTV Radio.