Edwards for President Unveils New Online Outreach Technologies in NH

Elizabeth Edwards to launch text and voice message program with contest to win chance to join her at the next presidential debate in Hanover

(Manchester, NH) - Continuing to build on growing grassroots momentum in New Hampshire, the John Edwards for President campaign today unveiled exciting new online outreach technologies to help voters hear, and spread, Senator Edwards' bold message of change.

"We are very excited to announce a variety of new ways for New Hampshire voters to get involved with the John Edwards campaign," said New Hampshire state director Beth Leonard. "We are now live streaming Edwards events in New Hampshire at www.johnedwards.com/nh, syndicating them on our Facebook and MySpace pages and even earning big praise for it on DailyKos. We are also excited to announce that Elizabeth will be launching our new text and voice message program this week with a contest to win a ticket to join her at the presidential debate in Hanover on September 26th."

New Hampshire voters can now sign up for geo-targeted audio and text mobile updates about the campaign at http://www.johnedwards.com/nh/mobile. The first NH audio mobile message will be sent out this week with a special message from Elizabeth Edwards. Elizabeth’s message will ask voters to host a house party for John Edwards and inform them that the host of the house party with the most attendees will win a ticket to accompany her to the next presidential debate on September 26th at Dartmouth College.

After voters receive Elizabeth's message, they can add their own custom greeting with an invitation to their house party to her message and forward it on to their friends. This technology will let people stay up-to-date about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities in their areas. The new technology, provided by pinger.com, will enable people to add their own personal messages to each campaign audio update they receive and then forward the message to their friends, creating an on-going viral messaging campaign.

On Saturday, the campaign also launched its first live video stream both from the Carpenters' union endorsement in Nashua and then a house party in Manchester. The live stream of the Manchester event was syndicated on the New Hampshire for Edwards website, on Ustream.tv and on the Edwards profiles on Facebook and MySpace. The Manchester live stream was also picked up by DailyKos and quickly became a top diary on the front page with hundreds of comments, resulting in a surge of traffic to the New Hampshire for Edwards website.

The campaign will continue to live stream New Hampshire events at www.johnedwards.com/nh. The footage from the events will also be archived on the website where people can listen to events they were unable to attend.