The Minnesota E*Democracy gubernatorial debate is now underway.
Minnesota e*democracy was at the cutting edge of using online tools to cover politics. It hasn't really progressed significantly -- in terms of technology -- since then, but it's very good at getting the attention of people who are running for something.
I'm watching it but not doing much with it unless something jumps out. This is mostly because I'm not entirely convinced that the big boys are sitting in front of their computer banging out the answers. I can't imagine a campaign manager allowing that to happen. We'll see.
Maybe the next step will be live video of the candidate typing away.
The BEST part about it is issues are sure to come up that won't come up elsewhere.
Note that Peter Hutchinson was the only one who audio-recorded his rebuttals. http://e-democracy.org/edebatemn06/?p=35
That is the proof that he is willing to actually "show up" and deliver his message.
They do have some video, as well. See: http://e-democracy.org/edebatemn06/?cat=19 (scroll down to see their opening statements)
Hutchinson, Pentel and Pawlenty provided opening statements via video (though Pawlenty's appears to be recycled out-takes from his television commericals).
The thing that I think is potentially good about an effort like this is that it gives lesser known/funded candidates an opportunity to share the debate platform.