October 19th, 2011
05:09 PM ET
While President Obama didn't tune in to last night's CNN Western Republican Debate, if you’re an Obama supporter you might have received an email in the hours before the debate asking you to put your “Money where their mouth is.” The email came from Matthew Barzun, Obama for America’s national finance chair, and it included an invitation to play a new kind of debate fundraising game.
“Here's how it works,” Barzun’s email read. “You pick a word or phrase from the list below to sponsor, and pledge to give $3 or $5 (or however much you'd like) for each mention. So tonight, as the Republican candidates prattle on about defunding Social Security, ending Medicare as we know it, and everything else they support, they will literally be building this campaign.”
In case debate over any given topic got out of hand, donors could set a cap on their total donation. Here is the list of words or phrases available for ‘sponsorship’:
After the debate, the campaign posted an update on the night’s winners. By its count, “Obamacare” got 15 mentions, easily carrying the evening. In second place “fence” narrowly beat out “repeal” 11 mentions to nine, “(de)regulation” came in fourth with five mentions and Herman Cain’s “9-9-9” plan came in fifth with four mentions.
While the campaign wouldn’t release how much they raised with the debate game, the GOP Debate Watch site is still up and running in case anyone wants to see the tally or learn the Obama campaign’s definitions to what it views as the GOP buzz words.