In many state and local debates sponsored by a local news outlet, a camera crew goes out to a public place like the mall with a camera crew to film average people in the street asking candidates a question. Usually one of the three general election presidential debates takes questions from the audience. The YouTube debate blew that proposition open because, while not totally revolutionary as the idea seems, candidates have been taking questions from the public for years. The YouTube debate allows anyone with a camera and an internet connection to ask a question without prompting from a producer and when though out, the questions can be more heartfelt and interesting.
Now that CNN and YouTube have done this kind of debate, everyone else can. To promote their iCaught brand, ABC is accepting questions from their audience. While YouTube and CNN advertised their debate all over the place, I only learned about the debate by accident while searching ABCNews.com. So far, about 30 questions have been submitted and the cut off date for submitting a question is this Thursday. That means that any video submitted has a great chance of being asked.