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Facebook teaming up with GOP for debates

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Michele Bachman
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These days, it seems Democrats tend to be more technologically plugged-in than Republicans. Whether it’s iPhone-owner President Obama holding a Twitter town hall or ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner sexting college coeds, typing on smart phones just seems to be something donkeys do better than elephants.

Still, the GOP needs the youth vote, so today the Republican party announced they’d be holding their first-ever Facebook debate sometime next year before the New Hampshire primary. The historic event, moderated by Meet the Press’ David Gregory, will be streamed live on Facebook and users will be able to give instant feedback (which should come in handy should Michele Bachmann attempt to speak Yiddish again).

Politicians in both parties have been going to extremes to court younger voters for decades — Nixon appeared on Laugh-In, Clinton played sax on Arsenio — but going online doesn’t automatically bring you success. Newt Gingrich tried it a couple of months ago, announcing his candidacy for the presidency with a Tweet. Look where he is now: broke and in single digits in the polls.

Still, one good thing might come out of this: Perhaps a political debate is the perfect venue for Mark Zuckerberg to finally introduce a “dislike” button? But what do you think, young PopWatchers? Will you be any more inclined to watch the Republicans debate on Facebook?

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