Dallas, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) — With only days remaining before the United States elects a new leader in what many hope will be the first major step to a better economy, the Internet world has become a major hotbed for political discussions and debate.
Social networking sites like You Tube have been at the forefront of generating support for presidential hopefuls, Democratic candidate Barack Obama and Republican candidate John McCain. A recent controversial You Tube video posting, showcasing some of Senator McCain’s interview blunders and contradictory statements, has supporters and opponents alike discussing the candidate’s issues with managing a not so successful overall campaign.
Top Three Blunders
In the opening of the You Tube video, which has so far received more than 7,500,000 views, McCain is heard commenting on the safety of the neighborhoods in Baghdad. He states, “The neighborhoods are safe…General Patreas goes out there almost everyday in an unarmed humvee.” But later, seems to contradict the statement by saying, “I’m not saying that they [Patreas and forces] could go without protection.”
A second blunder shown in the video is regarding Hurricane Katrina and the senator’s statements that he would have been on the ground helping with the issues had he been in charge. However as a picture shows, McCain was with President Bush, who he blasted for mishandling the situation, celebrating his birthday the day the catastrophe hit.
In an additional clip, when asked the question whether Americans were better off now than eight years ago, Senator McCain responds with, “I think you could argue that Americans overall are better off.” Yet when asked the question again by a separate journalist, he proclaims “Oh no, no.”
Spreading the Word
Proponents of the You Tube political video sensation have encouraged individuals to seek out information other than what has been put forth by what some perceive as biased media to make a better informed voting decision. The Internet has become an arena for convenient access to candidate interviews, polling information, voter registration requirements, and other information related to American politics and the current presidential race.
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