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Richard Peters of Iowa City, IA.... come on down! You just won yourself a trip to the convention!
In the culmination of a national call for members of the YouTube community to lend their voices to the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Rich Peters of Iowa City, Iowa was announced today as the winner of the YouTube Convention video contest answering the question: Why are you a Democrat in 2008?
In his video, Peters explains why he believes Democrats are better-suited to address the issues he cares most about – the Iraq war, the environment, health care and the economy. The video can be viewed here: youtube.com/watch?v=FJ0J2zbtqjg.
“This campaign is history. This is the first time that we - the people - can actually be a part of the conversation; we are not simply listening, we are being listened to,” said Peters, after learning of his selection. “The people have become a party to the conversation, and in a few days, I intend to serve as a bridge for the YouTube community in continuing that historic conversation at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.”
As the winner, Peters is invited to attend the Democratic National Convention in Denver later this month and see his winning video played before thousands of delegates, elected officials and other Convention guests. YouTube will also send Peters on the campaign trail for a day, where as a member of the traveling press pool, he will have the opportunity to record a video documenting the daily activities of the Democratic nominee, Senator Barack Obama.
“We look forward to having Rich join us in Denver for this history-making event,” said Aaron Myers, Director of Online Communications for the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC). “We were very impressed by the number of creative and thoughtful video submissions we received from all across the country. It’s indicative of the enthusiasm and energy behind Senator Barack Obama headed in to our Convention, where we will welcome the voices of Americans coming together for change.” - DNCC Press Release