About the Rolling Cyber Debate
Welcome to the Web White & Blue Rolling Cyber Debate.
The first online presidential debate in our history, the
Rolling Cyber Debate features daily exchanges among the presidential
campaigns and responses to questions submitted by Internet
The exchanges have two parts: a Message of the Day from
the campaign and a response to a Question of the Day submitted
by an Internet user. Responses can take any form (video,
audio, text, or links to a candidate's website), and are
not limited in length. Each campaign is permitted a rebuttal
to their opponent's message of the day and question of the
The Rolling Cyber Debate runs from October 1 through Election
Day (November 7). Updates occur every 30 minutes Monday through
Friday between 12:00 noon and 9:00 pm ET, and Sundays between
4:00 pm and 9:00 pm ET.
Who's behind Web White & Blue?
Sponsored by the Markle Foundation, Web White & Blue
is a non-partisan and non-profit consortium of 17 of the
largest Internet sites and news organizations that have come
together to highlight the potential of the Internet to expand
citizen participation in our democracy.
The Rolling Cyber Debate is being carried in its entirety
each day on each of the 17 sites on the Web White and Blue
Network. These sites reach more than 85% of the US Internet
audience, or nearly 70 million Americans each month. And
Web White & Blue can be found one click away from thousands
more participating sites.
How will the presidential candidates participate
in this debate?
The Rolling Cyber Debate format allows the candidates to
participate directly or to designate surrogates to respond
depending on the subject matter. Responses may take the form
of video, audio, text or links to a website. This format
has been designed with the flexibility to enable each campaign
to explore the capabilities of this new medium, and each
campaign has the ability to design their responses according
to their own strategy.
How did Web White & Blue decide which candidates
Web White & Blue invited all candidates who, by September
15, 2000, had qualified on enough state ballots to have a
mathematical possibility of winning a majority in the Electoral
College to participate in the Rolling Cyber Debate. Candidates
were given placement on the pages based on their average
standing in several nationally recognized public opinion
polls as of September 15, 2000.
How are questions chosen?
Questions for the Question of the Day are submitted by
Internet users through each of the 17 sites on the Web White & Blue
Network in chat rooms and other online forums. Questions
are reviewed and selected by Web White & Blue Editor
Peter Orvetti with the supervision of the editors of each
of the 17 Web White & Blue charter sites and consistent
with the Web White & Blue editorial policy.
Is Web White & Blue part of the Commission
on Presidential Debates?
The Rolling Cyber Debate is intended to serve as a complement
to the traditional televised presidential debates by enabling
the campaigns to continue the discussion online. Web White & Blue
is not directly affiliated with the Commission on Presidential
How can I ask a question of the campaigns?
If you would like to ask a question and can't find a link
on the site you are visiting click here
The views expressed during the Rolling Cyber Debate are
those of the participating campaigns, and not those of Web,
White & Blue and the sponsorship of the Rolling Cyber
Debate is not intended as an endorsement of any candidate.