On Monday, the CNN campaign camper kicked off its second national tour as it parked outside of the College of Charleston’s Stern Student Center.
In a partnership with Facebook, CNN launched the campaign camper earlier this year, as it parked in cities all across the U.S., from Des Moines, Iowa to Phoenix, Arizona. In its first tour, the campaign camper helped passers-by have their voice be heard by the candidates, as each had the opportunity to be filmed asking a candidate of their choosing a question they wanted answered. A few of their questions were selected and posed to the candidates at the first Democratic debate hosted by CNN and Facebook earlier this year.
As a part of the College’s Bully Pulpit series, the College hosted the CNN trailer to give students across campus the ability to have their voices heard. CisternYard News investigated the trailer for more information.
Upon arriving at the trailer, the CNN staff asked interested participants if they would like to write a word on a dry-erase board that he or she believed described the national campaign thus far. Once the word was written, a photographer took pictures of each person holding up their word while a cameraperson interviewed the subject on why their word was chosen. After they had finished interviewing, the CNN crew would then ask the person if he or she would like to watch eight short clips showing the candidates in a few key moments in front of the press over the past year. The crew asked each person to react in a candid fashion as each clip was played and to voice each of his or her opinions on each clip after it finished.
The team from CNN informed the participants that the footage was to be used for a video under construction to advertise the 2016 presidential election, which will go up on their Facebook page upon the termination of their tour, which is slated to stop at the University of Florida, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, and Las Vegas.
To receive a student perspective, CYN reached out to some students of the College at the campaign camper. When asked about the importance of staying up-to-date on national politics, one student source said, “You know, because we have everybody’s social media talking about politicians, but our generation has one of the lowest voter turn-out rates. Why that is, there’s a bunch of different reasons, but basically our generation doesn’t really vote and we need to; it’s necessary to not just talk about the candidates, but actually to go out and express our opinions by voting.”