"October surprise" site reveals debate night secret

Mystery countdown site delivers surprising message from 1987 on debate night

By Natasha Lennard

Published October 22, 2012 10:36PM (EDT)

Having garnered thousands of online followers with a countdown clock promising an October Surprise on debate night, the mysterious viral website drew in anticipating viewers with a joke welcome page at 6.30 p.m. ET Monday, but swiftly linked to its real release -- a 1987 message of political unity deserving of bipartisan support -- via this link.


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Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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