Feb. 16 2007 PRESS RELEASE and E-MAIL from John McCain 2008 - The Exploratory Committee

For Media Release

Matt David

John McCain Launches New Website
JohnMcCain.Com A Departure From The Traditional Campaign Website

ARLINGTON, VA - U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential exploratory committee today released the campaign's new website, www.JohnMcCain.com, initiating an online dialogue and conversation with individual Americans about the stakes of the 2008 election and the issues important to them.
"These are serious times for America as our nation faces the ongoing threat of terrorism and the ongoing challenges of fiscal irresponsibility at home," said Terry Nelson, National Campaign Manager of John McCain 2008 - The Exploratory Committee.  "This website conveys the undeniable fact that John McCain is singularly prepared to be President of the United States and face the challenges ahead."

Today's release is the base platform for the thousands of Team McCain online activists to become involved in John McCain 2008.  On the site, individuals are empowered as key participants in Senator McCain's campaign to recruit other volunteers, raise money, and participate in a virtual town hall with Senator McCain. The site will continue to grow and evolve as Senator McCain makes a final decision about running for President.

"In 2000, John McCain harnessed the power of the internet in a way that was new and unique to campaigns," said Christian Ferry, National eCampaign Director. "This site continues to build on that experience, recognizing the importance of new media in today's political discourse and the power of technology to inform, involve, and connect individuals to a candidate and a campaign."

"This site is a departure from the traditional campaign website in both design and navigation," continued Ferry. "It is designed to engage users with a different visual experience on every page, giving them unique insight into the rich personal story of John McCain and his years of experience that differentiates him as ready to lead."

Announcing My New Website

I am excited today to invite you to visit my new website, JohnMcCain.com. Here you will be able to keep up to date on all the latest happenings at John McCain 2008 - The Exploratory Committee and get involved in our efforts to bring common sense conservative reform and responsible government to Washington. Over the course of this campaign, JohnMcCain.com will continue to evolve and be updated. I hope you will visit often.

This website is our virtual campaign headquarters; and just like a real campaign headquarters, we would like to put you to work. I encourage you to join my team and become my link to your own community of family and friends, both online and in your neighborhood. When you visit JohnMcCain.com today, I would like to ask you to take three specific actions:

If you have not already done so, please sign up to join our team. By signing up, we will keep you up to date with the latest from the campaign trail.

After signing up, please create your own personal McCainSpace page, creating your headquarters inside our virtual campaign office.

Finally, please recruit ten friends and family members through your McCainSpace page to join our team and make an online contribution.

The internet is transforming the world, including American politics. No longer is your participation in a presidential campaign dependent on living near a campaign office or being in an early primary state. At JohnMcCain.com, my campaign is building a strong online team of volunteers and providing you the information needed to make an informed decision in this election.

I have always believed in the value of straight talk and this website is designed to allow us to have a direct, honest conversation about the issues and challenges our nation faces. With that in mind, I invite you to tune in tomorrow morning, 10:00 AM Central Standard Time, for my first town hall meeting of this campaign. This town hall meeting will be broadcast live, from Des Moines, on the website. I hope you will join me and people across the country for this important event.

Thank you for all of your past support. I look forward to continuing to engage with you as this campaign progresses and I hope you will agree with me that this new tool, JohnMcCain.com, is an important piece of that conversation. Please share the new site with your friends and family.


John McCain

PS - Please join me tomorrow morning at 10 AM Central Standard Time for my first town hall meeting of the 2008 campaign, live via JohnMcCain.com from Des Moines, Iowa.