Based on the most creative and compelling submissions, the Republican convention staff will narrow the field of entries to five, and starting August 6, the YouTube community will have the chance to vote for their favorites. The winner of the contest will be announced on August 14.
YouTube will send the winner of the contest to Sen. John McCain’s campaign press pool for one day to shoot video of life on the campaign trail. The winner will then attend the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., where their winning video will be shown as part of the convention’s official proceedings.
"Our goal is to engage as many people around the country as possible in the national convention," said convention President & CEO Maria Cino. "We're excited to partner with YouTube to empower our supporters everywhere to broadcast their messages to the world leading up to our convention."
Robert M. Duncan, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, announced the program today in a video posted to the convention's YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/GOPConvention2008.
"Working with the 2008 Republican National Convention to engage their supporters underscores the extent to which our national politics is now in the hands of everyday voters," said Steve Grove, Head of News and Politics for YouTube. "This promises to empower more and more citizens to have a voice in our national political dialogue."
YouTube has played an integral role in connecting voters with the contenders for the nation's highest political office. In an era when Democrats and Republicans alike depend on online video to connect elected officials with voters, the "2008 Convention Video Program" stands as a symbol of our time.
About the Republican National Convention - The 2008 Republican National Convention will be held at Saint Paul's Xcel Energy Center from Sept. 1-4, 2008. Approximately 45,000 delegates, alternate delegates, volunteers, members of the media and other guests are expected to attend the convention. Minneapolis-Saint Paul is expected to receive an estimated $150-$160 million positive economic boost from the four-day event. For more information about the 2008 Republican National Convention, please visit our website at www.GOPConvention2008.com and join our social network sites on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and YouTube.