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CNN Uses Snapchat to Interview Sen. Rand Paul

Calls Video the Platform's First Interview With U.S. Lawmaker 1/28/2015 4:15 PM Eastern

A day into its relationship with Snapchat's new Discover app, CNN has posted a video chat with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that it says is the first interview with a U.S. lawmaker conducted via the messaging platform.

 

Posted on CNNPolitics.com, the video will also be packaged into CNN's Discover editorial and multimedia content for the day (Jan. 28). It will be available on Discover CNN after 5 p.m. (ET).

 

CNN Politics senior producer and digital correspondent Ashley Codianni conceived of and conducted the interview, in which Paul took jabs at drones, Hillary Clinton and White House security. Codianni said she chose Paul as the subject of the CNN-Snapchat first because he "has cultivated an authentic audience on the platform, and interacts with people regularly. He was one of the first politicians to join Snapchat, so it was a natural fit for him to be the first person for us to interview through it."

 

Due to the fleeting nature of Snapchat messages, CNN also filmed the interview. Watch it here.

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