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Hillary Needs Help...

... Help with a new YouTube video, that is.

When the Democrats meet on July 23 for the CNN/YouTube debate, the news network plans to air 30-second spots about each candidate, produced by the campaigns.

"Each campaign has been asked to create a "YouTub-ish" style video for the program. It is up to them what they create, though we are hoping the videos aren't campaign commercials or testimonials," says David Bohrman, the executive producer of the debate (and a guy we've talked to before.) "Whatever they perceive as "YouTub-ish" will be what we get. We will use their videos during the program," Bohrman adds.

Now Hillary's media adviser/director of advertising Mandy Grunwald (one of the many stars of 1993's "War Room") is asking supporters for help in producing what CNN wants.

Grunwald's e-mail to supporters requests a 30-second video about why Sen. Clinton is the best candidate for president. She asks supporters to post them to YouTube, and then let the campaign know on its Web site by July 17. The "best ofs" will be featured in the campaign's debate night video.

This latest effort is part of a long line of Clinton's Internet campaign strategy. There's HillCam, which launched last week; the Sopranos spoof, the HillCasts and HillaryHub.com.

Keep it tuned to Channel '08 in the coming days, as we'll track the pro-Hillary submissions.

And here's Grunwald's letter to supporters:

I really need your help.

On July 23, Hillary will participate in a debate sponsored by YouTube and CNN. All of the candidates will make a 30-second video that will play at some time during the debate.

My job in the campaign is to make the videos and the ads, and I have a great team of really creative people helping me. But when we sat down to figure out what our 30-second video for the debate should be, we decided pretty quickly to give you the assignment instead.

You know why you support Hillary. You know why this country is ready for change. You know why she's ready to lead.

All you need to do is put it in a video of 30 seconds or less, and you may be featured during the CNN/YouTube debate on July 23.

Are you ready to help?

Just create your video, upload it to YouTube by next Tuesday, July 17, and then fill out this form on our website to let us know about your submission:


Thanks so much for your help. I'm really looking forward to seeing your videos!

Mandy Grunwald
Media Adviser/Director of Advertising
Hillary for President

By Ed O'Keefe |  July 11, 2007; 11:11 AM ET Hillary Rodham Clinton
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