Experimental debate format

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- An old school setting for a new kind of political debate.

The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, will be the scene of Monday’s forum featuring Democratic presidential hopefuls. CNN is teaming up with YouTube to question the candidates.

Producer David Bohrman says bringing real people and their questions to the stage is no easy task. But he hopes to create intimacy between candidates and voters and give the event some spontaneity. While the video clips are from YouTube, Bohrman says all the editorial decisions are CNN's.

Moderator Anderson Cooper says the candidates will be getting more than just a question from a person. He says "you're sort of getting a little window into their life for 30 seconds."

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