DNCC - 'Why Are You a Democrat in 2008'?


Online Video Program Offers Opportunity to Attend Denver Convention,
Join Barack Obama on Campaign Trail as Member of Press Pool

DENVER- In keeping with its commitment to bring more people into the democratic process than ever before, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) today announced the launch of a national online video contest with YouTube - inviting Americans to respond to the question: "Why are you a Democrat in 2008?"

The winner of the 2008 Convention Video Program with YouTube, the leading online video community that allows people to discover, watch and share originally created videos, will attend the Democratic National Convention in Denver in August and see his or her winning video played before thousands of delegates, elected officials and other Convention guests. YouTube will also send the winner on the campaign trail for a day, where as a member of the traveling press pool, the winner will record a video documenting the daily activities of the Democratic nominee.

Governor Howard Dean, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, announced the program today in a video posted to the Convention's YouTube channel: youtube.com/demconvention.

"Encouraging people to share the views and beliefs they hold dear is a fundamental value of the Democratic Party and bedrock of our democracy," said Leah D. Daughtry, CEO of the DNCC. "Much like our nominee, Senator Barack Obama, YouTube has a track record of engaging new voters - especially young voters - and giving them a platform to express themselves. We are delighted to join with YouTube to encourage even greater participation in this critical election year."

Individuals can submit video responses at youtube.com/demconvention, the Democratic National Convention's YouTube channel, until August 1. Based on the most creative and compelling submissions, the DNCC will narrow the field of entries to five and, starting August 7, the YouTube community will have the chance to vote for their favorites. The video receiving the highest number of votes will win the contest and be announced on August 14.

The winner will receive paid travel and hotel accommodations to attend the Democratic National Convention, to be held August 25-28 in Denver. The winning video will be shown in the Convention hall in front of thousands of delegates and guests and an international media audience.

"Working with the Democratic National Convention Committee underscores the extent to which American political parties have embraced the power of online video by vesting thought, action and ideas in the people," 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."

As the Official Search and Online Video Community Provider, Google is contributing a broad range of technology and services to help delegates, members of the media and interested citizens around the country to access Convention events and information.

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.

YouTube also announced a parallel program with the Republican National Convention today, which can be found at www.youtube.com/gopconvention2008.