“The eyes of the nation are on Iowa every four years when we elect a president,” said Cindy Hicks, Executive Director of the Main Street Cultural District. “This event brings that focus to Ames and all that our wonderful downtown has to offer.”
On Saturday, October 10, the CNN campaign camper will be parked in front of the Ames Chamber of Commerce and the Main Street Cultural District offices at 304 Main Street. The tricked-out Airstream is complete with a video booth, allowing the public to ask the presidential candidates a question that could be used in CNN's upcoming debates.
Once users record their 15-second videos, they have the option to upload to their own Facebook and Instagram accounts. The clip may also be uploaded onto CNN's Facebook page that boasts nearly 19 million likes. You can check out the campaign camper in a web video hosted by Chris Moody.
To plan the route, the folks at CNN say they analyzed the most talked-about issues on Facebook and chose cities that were emblematic of those issues. For example, organizers say the stop in Ferguson, Missouri will focus on racism in America and a stop in Arizona will feature discussion about immigration. But as far as Iowa goes, everyone know that you can't start a campaign without a stop here.
Social media campaign camper visitors are encouraged to use #campaigncamper when posting to social media and to check in at the Main Street Cultural District and the Ames Main Street Farmer’s Market when posting from the camper.
"The camper will be parked right in the midst of our Ames Main Street Farmer's Market," said Hicks. "You can come down for one and enjoy the other as well."