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McCain-Obama presidential debate group roars into the 1990s

August 7, 2008 |  5:30 am

Now that it's beginning to look like this Internet thing is going to be around for a while, the Commission on Presidential Debates has decided to try out one of these newfangled online thingies called MySpace.

The commission was formed in 1987 to organize the candidates' verbal faceoffs every four years. The commission is composed oSenator John Kerry and President George W. Bush debate during the 2004 election racef such political relics as former Sen. Alan Simpson and Newton Minow, who worked for the last sitting senator to win the presidency, John F. Kennedy, back about the time this Obama fellow was being born.

Never exactly cutting edge, the commission announced Wednesday a partnership with MySpace. How it works is MySpace will do something called live-streaming of the debates, starting Sept. 26.

It's really amazing. You can actually watch the debates on a computer screen at the very same time as millions of other people are watching on the four broadcast television networks. No, really.

"We get blamed by people for being Neanderthals," said Janet Brown, the commission's executive director. "But just because something is new doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to include it in the debates."

Which is probably why the commission does not yet have any of those video kind of screen jobs of historic debate moments that you can watch on its website. That'll likely take another 21 years to evaluate.

But they do use microphones now.

Our LATimes.com blogging buddy Jim Puzzanghera has the incredible full story over here on the Technology blog. Will somebody please show the commission members how to click on the link and go there?

--Andrew Malcolm

Photo credit: Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

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