Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a Tea Party target who's expected to face a tough primary next year, will host a discussion on social media with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
The event will take place at Brigham Young University on Friday at 11 a.m., according to a release from Hatch's office.
Hatch has Facebook and Twitter accounts, although Zuckerberg's Facebook account easily beats the senator's in popularity. Zuckerberg, who became a national figure thanks to the movie "The Social Network," has around 3.5 million fans while Hatch's only has a little more than 5,000. (A note: Zuckerberg's dog, Beast, has his own Facebook page and also tops Hatch, having almost 45,000 fans).
The senator, who chairs the Senate Republican High Tech Task Force, will discuss the value of innovation to the economy, the emergence of social media and its importance from a public policy perspective while Zuckerberg will provide an innovator’s point of view, according to the release.
Hatch, a six-term senator, is facing one of the toughest reelection campaigns of his career. The conservative Tea Party movement has named him one of their top 2012 targets and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is considering a primary challenge.
The Tea Party took out Hatch's fellow Republican senator, former Sen. Bob Bennett, at the 2010 state convention. Republican Mike Lee won Bennett's seat. Lee has said he won't endorse in the 2012 primary.
-- This post was updated 3:05 p.m.