Jul 31, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
(Martinez Report) BuzzFeed: “Both launched today, Romney is at #14 on the top free apps on the App Store, Obama’s app is at #165.”
Apps for both iPhone and Android devices will delightfully alter certain aspects of the 2012 presidential campaign.
Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney will use his app to instantly alert his supporters who his runningmate is, once the announcement has been made, presumably before a speech is given. “Who will be the VP? Download the app and you’ll be the first to find out,” a tweet sent out by his campaign read.
According to the release: “There’s no telling when Mitt will choose his VP. But when he does, be the first to find out with Mitt’s VP app. Share with friends and earn exclusive campaign gear.”
John Berman: “Pretty smart twist.”
President Barack Obama, however, is using the apps to play a larger role — in canvassing, making virtually any of his supporters a potential staffer, equipped with a tool necessary to go door-to-door and spread the “hope” and “change” that was so vital to his 2008 campaign.
New York Times: “It’s been the science-fiction dream of political operatives for years: an army of volunteers, connected to the Internet as they walk from door to door, looking up names on a device and entering their responses electronically.”
“President Obama’s campaign appears ready to make it a reality with the release of a new iPhone app that will replace the ubiquitous clipboard for Democratic canvassers.”
“The app, which is available on Tuesday, will allow supporters of Mr. Obama’s to download a list of names in their neighborhood from the campaign’s central database. No longer will they have to stop by the local campaign headquarters to get started.