Mills to go live with Internet chat

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LEWISTON – With a nod to FDR and in recognition that for many people the Internet has become the new political public square, gubernatorial candidate Peter Mills will go live with an interactive audio broadcast Tuesday night.

Mills, a Republican state senator from Skowhegan, is one of three candidates running for the GOP nomination for governor.

From 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Mills will answer questions submitted in advance or during the life conversation.

“It’s a little bit of a novelty,” Mills said. “But the name of the game in these campaigns on the Internet is innovation and trying new things.”

To listen to the chat, computer users will need Windows Media Player and speakers. Questions may be submitted in advance at www.millsforgovernor.com.

“Seventy-three years ago Franklin Delano Roosevelt first spoke to the voters by radio with a fireside chat. Within two decades, Sen. Margaret Chase Smith was speaking to Maine through television,” Mills said. “We step into the next millennium of communications.”

“I’ve been fretting over my Web site,” Mills said Thursday. “But I think we’ve finally got it.”

State Sen. Chandler Woodcock of Farmington and former U.S. Rep. Dave Emery are also seeking the Republican nomination for governor.

On Sunday night, Emery will host a fundraiser in South Portland with U.S. Sen. John McCain. The event, which begins at 5 p.m., will be held at the Portland Marriott Hotel in South Portland. General admission tickets are $100. Tickets for a private reception are $500.

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