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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Florida GOP Debate: Fox News/Google Brings In 18,000 Online Submitted Questions

The debate participants for the Fox News/Google GOP debate to be held in Florida tonight, will be Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, businessman Herman Cain, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.

The debate will be held at 9 to 11 p.m. ET in Orlando, Fl. and the moderator will be Fox News' Bret Baier with Fox News anchors Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace as panelists.

It is being reported that the hottest topics, via the submissions are immigration, government spending and debt.

On Thursday, will air a preshow and a live stream of the debate. Fox News and Google will also present public data and Google search trends on air to help provide context to the questions and inform the debate throughout the evening.

Fox News is reporting that over 18,000 online submissions and100,000 votes have been offered via text and videos on YouTube

The official Google Blog announcement:

Since we announced the Fox News/Google Debate on September 1, people across the country have submitted more than 18,000 questions to the Fox News YouTube channel on topics ranging from immigration reform, to health care, to foreign aid to social security. Tonight, the Republican presidential candidates will answer those questions in the Fox News/Google Debate, which will be live-streamed on YouTube and broadcast on Fox News Channel starting at 9pm ET. We’ll also have an online pre-debate show starting at 8:30pm ET, featuring Fox News’s Shannon Bream and Chris Stirewalt, and Steve Grove, YouTube’s Head of News and Politics.

Even if you’re watching on TV, you can visit during the debate to vote on real-time polling questions and submit live commentary. Throughout the evening, we’ll share Google politics-related search trend information and public data that will provide context to the issues discussed. Fox News moderators will ask specific questions that were submitted by citizens through YouTube, and we’ll be looking at overall trends that emerge from the questions in aggregate. To give you an idea, here’s a look at the most popular words people used in their submissions (the bigger the word, the more often it was used).

Flex your democratic muscle and tune in to tonight at 8:30pm ET for a political debate that puts you in the driver’s seat of the discussion.

Enjoy the debate. Post debate analysis and/or reactions will be published tomorrow at WuA.