The Seattle Times politics team invites you to join us Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for our live chat on the presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. We will be joined this evening by David Domke, political communications expert and chairman of the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. Also with us for this exciting event will be Times’ political reporter Jim Brunner, Times political editor Richard Wagoner, Elizabeth Wiley, contributor to UW Election Eye blog and myself.
Questions, comments, critiques all welcome and encouraged.
We’re also asking readers and viewers to join a research project led by University of Missouri professors Mitchell S. McKinner and J. Brian Houston examining how viewers throughout the nation respond via Twitter to the candidates and their performances tonight.
Debate tweeters can participate by using the hashtag #STdebate.
The professors are hoping to develop an approach to understand, analyze and interpret Twitter and social media reactions to political events.
Houston and McKinney are hoping that their analysis will give them an idea of key issues and moments during the debate and the relative responses of males and females to each candidate.