Are Republican presidential candidates more popular than Democrats on YouTube?

December 2, 2007

News: The CNN-YouTube debate for the presidential candidates this past week was surprisingly good — much better in my book than the first Democratic debate. From the first question in which Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney questioned each other’s toughness on illegal immigrants, the debate exposed very sharp differences between the Republican candidates.

Within less than a week, the videos from the Republican debate have generated hundreds of thousands of views — far more than the videos from Democratic debate (which have been on YouTube for four months). If you look below, the Republican debate videos dominated YouTube’s “Most Viewed” videos for the past few days.



Analysis: Bravo to CNN and Anderson Cooper. I criticized you soundly for botching the Democratic debate with gimmicks and favoritism. Much better this time around.  Some excellent questions and revelatory moments.  The number of views on YouTube confirm how good the debate was.

The Dick Cheney question was asked during YouTube debate

November 29, 2007

Hey, I predicted one of the questions that would be used last night from among the thousands submitted. Here’s the Dick Cheney question.  Fred Thompson’s one-liner was hilarious!

Mitt Romney and John McCain fight over water boarding as torture during YouTube debate

November 29, 2007

They should show a video of water boarding.

John McCain attacks Ron Paul during YouTube debate (going beyond question asked)

November 29, 2007

Was this a cheap shot?

Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney attack each other over illegal aliens during YouTube debate

November 29, 2007

Who won?

CNN YouTube debate for Republican candidates

November 28, 2007

News: Tonight it’s the Republicans’ turn to field questions from YouTubers sent in on video. The debate starts at 8 p.m. tonight on CNN. The questions used will later be singled out on YouTube. Here are a few questions that might be asked tonight.

Mike Huckabee – Ron Paul exchange in FOX debate

September 7, 2007

News:  Fox had its second debate this week for the Republican presidential candidates.  The best, most substantive exchange occurred between Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul. 

Analysis:  The debate format should allow more of these exchanges, where the candidates can engage each other in a more open debate.  CNN and YouTube should take notes for their Republican debate in December.   If you’re wondering, the FOX Internet poll after the debate had, you guessed it, Ron Paul winning the debate.