Fox News will tap into Google's technology to include viewers in a jointly-hosted Republican presidential debate slated for Sept. 22, according to Mediabistro's TVNewser Web site.
Republicans are eager to showcase their pro-business, antiregulatory, tax-reducing platforms in the wake of dismal unemployment and manufacturing data released this week. Experts say that by embracing social networking platforms and search engines such as Google, they'll be able to tap into the real-time thoughts and concerns of potential voters.
According to TVNewser, the debate will take place at 9 p.m. EDT at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando and will be moderated by Fox's Special Report anchor Bret Baier, with panel contributions from Chris Wallace and Megyn Kelly. Fox News will ask for question submissions via Google-owned YouTube, and viewers will be able to vote on the questions they want answered.
The debate will also incorporate Google search trends and public data, to help provide context to the questions and inform the debate throughout the evening, according to the Fox News statement.
The Sept. 22 debate follows the ratings success of the last FNC Republican presidential debate, held in Ames, Iowa, on Aug. 11.