Mitt Romney holds Google+ Hangout

Tuesday's is first in series of Hangouts with GOP presidential candidates

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Just as voters in Illinois are heading to the polls to cast their votes in the Republican primary today, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is participating in a Google+ hangout.

Dubbing the event "Hang out with Mitt," the live-streaming discussion is being held on Romney's Google+ page and on YouTube.

According to Steve Grove, head of Community Partnerships with Google+, this is the first in a series of Hangouts that will include all of the GOP presidential hopefuls.

"In American politics, there's nothing quite so frantic or fast-paced as a presidential campaign," wrote Grove in a blog post. "Short campaign stops and relentless travel schedules can make it difficult for candidates to sit down with supporters and discuss the issues. Google+ Hangouts have made that a little bit easier, providing new ways for politicians, political organizations, advocates and campaigners to connect directly over video to share information online."

Google+ users can pose their questions by using the #AskMitt hash tag on the social network.

The Republicans aren't the first to come up with the idea.

In January, President Barack Obama participated in a Google+ Hangout, following his State of the Union address.

Mitt Romney hangout
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney held a Google+ video hangout to answer questions Tuesday afternoon.

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