WASHINGTON, DC—Signaling a watershed moment in American politics, Ron Paul announced today that Tom from MySpace will be his running mate in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. The move is expected to be a turning point for the Paul campaign, which has garnered little attention in mainstream media outlets, despite a large online constituency.
At a press conference Wednesday morning, Paul’s campaign spokesman, Jesse Benton, told reporters that “Our strategy is all about building grassroots support by connecting with people online. With almost 185 million MySpace friends, Tom from MySpace was clearly our top choice for vice president. We believe that America will agree.”
Political analyst Richard Lepler of the American Polling Institute said that Paul’s choice of running mates reflects the broad changes occurring in the American political landscape.
“Candidates today are increasingly looking to harness the power of online word of mouth over the internet. Everyone knows who Tom from MySpace is, and now everyone will know who Ron Paul is.”
Paul, a congressman from Texas and former pediatrician, entered the day with 33,902 MySpace friends. MySpace analysts expect that number to rise to well over a billion before the first Republican primaries in January 2008.