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Did Web's Role Shape Debate, or Was It a Gimmick?

Monday's Democratic presidential candidate debate was co-sponsored by YouTube, the Web site where ordinary people can post videos and become stars.

In this case, YouTube aficionados posted questions for the candidates and then responded to the candidates' answers.

But did the videos have an impact on the tenor of the debate, or were they just a gimmick?

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Robert Smith is a host for NPR's Planet Money where he tells stories about how the global economy is affecting our lives.