Maryville Daily Times: Sen. Lamar Alexander gets top votes on YouTube

Posted on August 23, 2011

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, is tops in education.

YouTube, for the last 12 weeks, has been asking people across the U.S. to indicate what political policies they find most convincing on a range of issues. On the matter of education, Alexander came out ahead over other legislators. His video received over 6,000 votes from viewers in the YouTube Town Hall.

In the video, Alexander suggests paying good teachers more and making schools more like colleges and universities.

Alexander has found social media to be a useful means of keeping the public informed. “YouTube, Facebook and Twitter have allowed me to talk directly about the issues that matter most in our country, so that, for example, on the energy and education issues I discussed in this YouTube town hall, people can learn exactly where I stand.”

YouTube Town Hall is an initiative designed to organize political information and encourage more people to get involved in the political process and consider current issues. Since the site launched in May, the videos have been viewed a cumulative 1.3 million times and gathered approximately 130,000 votes.

According to YouTube, the results of the Town Hall have been:

• Republicans received the most views — more than 1 million total.

• The five topics Americans wanted to hear most about were the economy, energy, Afghanistan, education, and the budget.

• Democrats’ videos received the most votes from Town Hall visitors.