Rand Paul is going where no presidential candidate has gone before: an all-day livestream.
Tomorrow I am excited to bring my message of liberty to the country as the first Pres candidate to live-stream an entire day. #randlive— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) October 12, 2015
Paul’s campaign will broadcast on Ustream, his chief digital strategist Vincent Harris told Rare. The livestream will show every campaign event that Paul attends and offer viewers “an unfettered look at the campaign’s daily operations—from how staffers conduct the hectic minute-to-minute schedule to Paul meeting his supporters on the trail.”
The livestream will end Tuesday night as Paul offers live commentary on the first Democratic debate.
“We are looking to virtually embed those interested in following a typically busy day in our campaign,” Sergio Gor, Paul’s communications director, told the Daily Dot. “You’ll see Senator Paul speaking, traveling, and meeting countless students across Iowa.”
Mike Millican, a digital media adviser to the Paul campaign, told the Daily Dot in an email that Paul “will answer some of the most interesting or popular [questions], at his discretion, during travel time between events.”
Presidential candidates have eagerly embraced social media, from Instagram to Snapchat, as direct avenues to the young voters on whom elections will increasingly turn. These new platforms aren’t just effective communications tools; they also offer candidates opportunities to grab free media attention with trailblazing stunts, like Paul’s “Snapchat interview.”
While Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is famous for his direct and voracious Twitter use, it is Paul who commands perhaps the most talented group of new-media staffers. He is also one of the most popular Republican candidates among tech-savvy and politically consequential millennials. And he has his own selfie app.
Update 3:58pm CT, Oct. 12: Added comment from Paul spokesman.
Update 6:50pm CT, Oct. 12: Added comment from Paul advisor.
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