Versus Launches Candidates VOD Platform

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Versus has formed a strategic partnership with The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation to launch a video-on-demand platform in December for the 2008 Presidential candidates to discuss outdoors issues.

Candidates on Demand aspires to put a spotlight on U.S. Presidential hopefuls and their views on relevant subjects via a one-on-one question answer session that will be available on Versus.com and Versus on Demand, beginning Dec. 13.

A spokeswoman for the Comcast Corp.-owned service said the network and The Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation have just begun to reach out to the candidates’ camps to see if and when they will participate.

Versus and CSF will pose eight to10 questions on key topics that impact hunting and fishing.  Topics may include: access for hunting and fishing, energy, marine protected areas, wilderness areas and conservation tax easements, according toVersus officials. Candidates will be allowed to discard only two of the questions.

“With more than 34 million Americans participating in outdoor activities, sportsmen are undeniably an important constituency to the 2008 Presidential candidates,” said Versus president Gavin Harvey in a statement. “Part of our mission to be the preeminent destination for outdoor programming is to expand the hunting and fishing community base, and give a voice to the issues that are important to them—with the upcoming Presidential election, and in the ever-changing digital era, this is the perfect platform for our country’s political leaders to connect with this group.”

With support from every major hunting and fishing organization, CSF works directly with the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus in the U.S. Congress, as well as affiliated state sportsmen’s caucuses in 33 state legislatures around the country.

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