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C-SPAN Campaign Bus Coming to WCU May 3

ASHEVILLE NC – Leading up to the May 8 North Carolina Republican presidential primary and looking toward the Charlotte Democratic National Convention, the C-SPAN Campaign 2012 Bus will embark on a six-day tour of universities and towns throughout the Tar Heel state.  During the Campaign 2012 North Carolina Tour, the bus will visit universities and colleges to speak with students and public about C-SPAN’s extensive Campaign 2012 programming and resources, in addition to asking bus visitors to share their thoughts on campaign issues via Tout, a video-based social media service.  C-SPAN’s Washington Journal will also be LIVE from select cities to discuss national issues influencing the 2012 electoral race. For a look at the entire North Carolina Tour schedule visit:  www.c-span.org/bus.

Western Carolina University students and local residents will have the opportunity to tour the bus during its visit to the University on THURSDAY, MAY 3.

On board C-SPAN’s Campaign 2012 Bus, visitors will learn about the following programming and resources via HD TVs, touch screen computers, laptops, and mobile devices:

  • C-SPAN’s Campaign 2012 “Road to the White House” website, including video of candidates and campaign events, information on key state races and the electoral college
  • C-SPAN’s in-depth public affairs event coverage
  • C-SPAN’s web offerings, including archived video going back to 1987 through C-SPAN’s vast Video Library and Congressional Chronicle
  • Many ways to connect with C-SPAN including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, YouTube, XM Radio, and iPhone and Blackberry apps

During the visit to Western Carolina University, C-SPAN and Tout representatives will encourage citizens and students to share their thoughts on the presidential campaign. Participants will be asked to comment on the presidential candidates and the issues most important to them in this election cycle. Their responses — captured in 15-second videos via Smartphone and shared instantly — will be uploaded onto various C-SPAN social media platforms, including C-SPAN’s own Tout page (http://www.tout.com/cspanbus). Responses in this week-long election special will also be highlighted on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal.


12:30 PM – 2:00PM                  Western Carolina University

1 University Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723

Forsyth Lot, Adjacent to Student Center

Follow the Road to the White House with C-SPAN’s political coverage on the C-SPAN networks, C-SPAN Radio, and www.c-span.org.

About C-SPAN

Created by the cable TV industry and now in over 100 million TV households, C-SPAN programs three public affairs television networks in both SD and HD; C- SPAN Radio, heard in Washington DC and nationwide via XM Satellite Radio; and a video- rich website which hosts the C-SPAN Video Library. Visit http://www.c-span.org/ or follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @cspan.

About Road to the White House

Launched in 1988, C-SPAN’s signature political program, “Road to the White House,” features regular coverage of the candidates, issues and events that shape presidential politics.  C-SPAN’s 2012 election Web site, www.c-span.org/Campaign2012, is a one-stop resource of presidential election coverage and includes streaming video of announcement speeches and candidate events, schedule information and related resources.

About Tout
Headquartered in San Francisco, Tout is a social media technology company whose smartphone and webcam application enables real-time video status updates that can be shared instantly with friends, family or the whole world through Facebook, Twitter and personal contacts. Tout enables users to capture quick 15-second videos in 1-click. These updates are then shared in real time directly from iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 2 (Android coming soon) and on Tout.com. Tout is a technology spin-out of SRI (Stanford Research Institute). Since launch, Tout has had four million visitors to its site, making it one of the fastest growing social media services.  For all things Tout, check out www.tout.com, or follow us on Facebook and on Twitter @Tout.


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