07/20/2007 04:19 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Whatchya doing on debate night? (Want to come to Charleston?)

Would you like to be a part of the CNN/YouTube debate in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday night? Join the Off the Bus "Truth Squad" and you'll have two ways to attend: In person, or virtually. Join the Truth Squad to hold the politicians, CNN and other journalists accountable by signing up here:

Here's the game plan: on debate night, we're going to fact-check the candidates, the questions selected by CNN, and assertions made by major journalists in the post-debate commentary. We need dozens of you to sign on to the Truth Squad to make this work. We'll work together via email, online chat and telephone during and after the debate.

When you catch major journalists on TV buying what's being sold in the post-debate "spin room," the Off the Bus team in Charleston will do their best to hold them accountable on your behalf, right there in person.

So come to Charleston! We've got four press passes available for Off The Bus volunteer citizen journalists. (Unfortunately we have no funding available for travel expenses at this time, so you'll have to make your own way there.) If you'd like to come to Charleston with us, please tell us something about yourself here.

If you want to work from home as a Truth Squad researcher. All you need is an Internet connection, a sharp mind and quick fingers. Sign up here to join us on Monday night from home:

This unprecedented debate is a really BIG deal. By participating in the Off the Bus Truth Squad, you'll be making a bit of history. This debate is already making front page news across the country before it's even happened -- for example: the San Jose Mercury News.

NPR's Talk of the Nation devoted a whole show to it the other day:

Please sign up to be part of the Off the Bus debate Truth Squad right now, and we'll follow up with more details about how we'll work together on Monday night.


- Zack Exley (I'll be in Charleston) and Amanda Michel (I'll be at HuffPo HQ)
Off the Bus


PS: CNN & YouTube are still accepting questions for the debate. Submit your own question here.

Here is Anderson Cooper's request for questions:

Also, read Jose Vargas's Washington Post story on the questions submitted so far.