September 9th, 2013

Join the Debate via Live Voting with CROSSFIRE’s Second-Screen Experiences


Users Join the Crossfire Tonight with Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Robert Menendez

Keeping with its pioneering tradition of cross-platform programming, CNN will allow CROSSFIRE viewers to choose their interactive second-screen experience via Twitter, Facebook, or to vote via mobile, tablet, or desktop platform and weigh in on the issues debated on the program.  In a first for a television news program, CROSSFIRE will offer viewer voting using Poptip technology that tallies votes of CROSSFIRE’s daily debate question.  Via Twitter using #CrossfireReturns, on CNN’s live blog, or by commenting to CNN’s CROSSFIRE page on Facebook, users will be able vote in real time.  Results will be announced during the program.

Tonight, users will be able to join in the debate with hosts Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter and guests Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), by voting on whether Congress should approve the president’s plan to strike Syria.  User results will air during the premiere program.

The first edition of CROSSFIRE will debut at 6:30p.m. ET, immediately following The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, which will air at 6:00p.m. ET, with Wolf Blitzer’s interview with President Barack Obama.

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