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Governor of Iowa Tom Vilsack is running for the Democratic Party nomination for president. On Monday night he chose the Daily Show with Jon Stewart to make his first television appearance of the campaign. To close the interview, Vilsack promoted his site: Vilsack: Shameless plug — […]

Governor of Iowa Tom Vilsack is running for the Democratic Party nomination for president. On Monday night he chose the Daily Show with Jon Stewart to make his first television appearance of the campaign. To close the interview, Vilsack promoted his site:

Vilsack: Shameless plug — TomVilsack08.com, please.
Stewart: Is that one of them internets?
Vilsack: That’s one of those internets, yeah.
Stewart: Go visit him on the series of tubes.

And in a move to sew up “the LOL vote,” front and center on the homepage is Tom’s video blog, which he’s chosen to host at blip.tv.

After some self-deprecating comments about “learning this process,” Vilsack holds up a blackberry, just to prove how l33t he is. Of course, until Tom does the Numa Numa dance, he may not “go viral.” And if Snakes on a Plane was any indication, all the online buzz in the world won’t necessarily translate into real-life results.

  1. With Vilsack running for prez, this had to come out sooner or later. Here’s a link to a photo of him dressed up as Winnie the Pooh for a literacy event in Iowa in 2002:
    http://www.myspace.com/tuckyung

    See the articles referencing this here: http://tinyurl.com/ud5f5

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  2. Okay, I am out-of-touch. What is “the LOL vote?” Live On LIne?

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  3. Hugh, that’s hilarious!

    Actually, that was “teh LOL vote,” but the joke was mangled by spell-checking software. It’s to suggest Vilsack is reaching out to the “tweener” crowd.

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  4. […] With presidential candidates embracing online video — Tom Vilsack is posting vlog entries to blip.tv and John Edwards is stumping on YouTube — the 2008 presidential election is set to be a watershed for online campaigning. Now, Reuters is reporting that the Huffington Post is looking into setting up debates between the candidates online. What would such an event look like? The Web could offer a more flexible format than television debates, and ideas under discussion include fielding questions from a wide audience online, letting candidates join by video from different locations, and inviting reporters to monitor the event from one location. […]

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  5. [...] former presidential candidate Tom Vilsack has shown that ‘first mover advantage‘ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be in terms of vlogging an election campaign. [...]

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