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Ask Questions to 2016 GOP Presidential Candidates

Huckabee_AskThemFire up the question machine. It’s 2016 elections time, which means it’s AskThem time. First GOP debate is 9pm ET tonight.

Ask good questions to the Presidential candidates and we’ll deliver them over Twitter for an official response. We’re working to reinforce the expectation that candidates will regularly respond to questions from the Internet public – and that major media will raise them in every debate.

In my next post I’ll gather links to the Democratic candidates. But now, starting with GOP debate participants, in random order (not strictly by polling or last name) – click the button on their profile pages to “ask this person a question”, publish your question, and we’ll help promote it:

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… and candidates other than the ten included in tomorrow’s debate:

(Gov. James Gilmore is not currently Twitter-verified, so not able to ask questions yet through AskThem website, but we have a new tool for that coming shortly.)

Crowdsource good questions on the issues you care about – we’ll also promote them with media partners to amplify your priority asks. By the way, we have new Javascript widgets to test that enable anyone to ask a question from any webpage – so media and issue-group partners, just drop me a line to check them out, I’m david at ppolitics dot org on email, Skype handle davidmooreppf.

We’ll continually post updates on delivered questions, answered questions, and questions from our partner organizations during the Presidential election – in fact, during all major elections in 2015 & 2016. If you’d like to volunteer to help curate questions from AskThem, we’d welcome your help on our non-profit, non-partisan platform – for more info, email david at ppolitics.org, @ppolitics & @askthemPPF on Twttr, AskThem Page on FB.

Charitable funders & philanthropists, we’d love to share our unique value in how AskThem can productively raise public questions for an official response – help us un through the 2016 elections. Issue groups, AskThem can promote a question campaign to all candidates on your issues, get in touch, we’re easy to reach & eager to chat.

More questions to come, including for the Dems. Ask away – about a year before polling suggests it becomes meaningful (fivethirtyeight), it’s worth noting, but still, the media cycle is up and running. More suggestions of questions to come, e.g. on Internet freedom issues from our sibling non-profit Fight For the Future or public-financing reforms such as #DebateQuestionsWeWantToHear from MayDay’s Prof. Zephyr Teachout. Questions & feedback welcome.

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