3rd June 2007

Fred Thompson to utilize new media in campaign

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Aides say he will spend less time on the road than his competitors and will instead rely on new forms of communication with voters, including blogs, online videos and other Internet tools. Thompson allies acknowledge that might not always fly in early-primary states where candidates are often judged as much by their ability to flip a pancake as on policy issues. Last week Thompson reached out to GOP officials in several primary states, including South Carolina, where he offered to emcee a fund-raiser for the state party. He is planning visits to Iowa and New Hampshire later this month.

Now we’ve already seen a prolific amount of you tube speeches etc from FDT, the question will be this: Do you think the time is right for this type of campaign and will it be effective? My current opinion is that it will be very effective only if used in conjunction with the more traditional type of campaigning. There is no reason not to physically slam the campaign hard AND utilize the internet. It used to be that Presidential candidates would go on a cross country train ride and campaign in each stop along the way. So what about a nice greyhound bus (perhaps Madden can lend him one) on the primary trail with uplinks from Fred along the way? There are still too many people who won’t know that much about him unless he’s out there. One day soon I think a campaign will be able to be primarily run through the net etc but the time just isn’t right yet. What’s everyone else think? Comment here or come over to the new Freedom of Philadelphia forums and let us know what you think.

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