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John Edwards Wins MoveOn's Virtual Town Hall on Climate Change

John Edwards is the winner of MoveOn.org's second virtual town hall, focusing on climate issues. The former North Carolina senator earned 33 percent of votes, followed by Hillary Clinton and Dennis Kucinich with 15.7 percent each. The liberal group held its first virtual town hall back in April, focusing on Iraq (Sen. Barack Obama was the winner). It will hold a similar event related to health care in August or early Fall.

Watch one of Edwards' award-winning answers here:

Watch the other candidate responses here.

All eight Democratic presidential candidates participated in the town hall. Most provided answers while attending the Take Back America Conference last month in Washington. Each candidate answered the question, "How does your plan on climate crisis differ from other candidates?" and then answered to two other questions.

"People submitted videos and our members sorted through and rated them," says Eli Pariser, Executive Director of MoveOn.org Political Action. "The videos were posted on [MoveOn.org], and members voted on the best ones to use. Others were added to round out the questions," he adds.

Pariser says MoveOn.org presented the idea of a virtual town hall on climate change to the candidates, and all agreed to participate.

Do you think these types of interactive web forums work? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

By Ed O'Keefe |  July 11, 2007; 10:40 AM ET John Edwards
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I like the format of this virtual debate. The questions were significant and the answers quite clear.

I voted for Edwards because I thought he had the most considered and far-reaching proposals that also took into account labor, the economy, and our health. Obama was a close second for me, but Edwards was specific, to the point, and on target.

Posted by: Donald Morse | July 11, 2007 11:19 AM

I watched the MoveOn.org Town Hall presentation and was impressed by Senator Edwards clear explanations. Along with his emphasis on efforts and plans to combat global warming, he included the economic benefit of creating "Green" industries with "Green" union jobs to replace the blue collar union jobs that we are losing. I voted for Edwards.

Posted by: PJ Adler | July 11, 2007 11:29 AM

I watched the MoveOn.org Town Hall presentation and was impressed by Senator Edwards clear explanations. Along with his emphasis on efforts and plans to combat global warming, he included the economic benefit of creating "Green" industries with "Green" union jobs to replace the blue collar union jobs that we are losing. I voted for Edwards.

Posted by: PJ Adler | July 11, 2007 11:29 AM

I don't understand why Senator Edwards thinks that Japan and Europe are going to go to Africa to get land/workers to make renewable fuels. They may have cheap labor there, but they certainly don't have the environment, weather, or overall climate to produce large quantities of corn or other crops. This would require infrastructure changes and lots of start up cash, which no one has yet supplied. Why would they decide to do it now? It's a great idea, but it sounds utopian. It would take a long time for these changes to happen and a real prosper to come to Africa.

I believe that Congressman Kucinich has a better idea of starting reform first in our own country and getting the ball rolling here before we can start moving to other countries. I don't agree with everything he said, but that was a good idea.

I am also extremely concerned that this is the only place where I have really seen any talk of the environment and global warming from Presidential candidates. I feel this is a very important issue, particularly for this election, and should not be put on the back burner. How can we show candidates that this is something that young people care about and are interested in and see some action come out of their words?

Posted by: Stefanie Spayd | July 19, 2007 11:43 AM

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