Sunday, July 29, 2007
Google prime stop for US presidential hopefuls - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos: "Google prime stop for US presidential hopefuls Agence France-PresseLast updated 10:03am (Mla time) 07/29/2007SAN FRANCISCO--Internet giant Google is becoming a prime stop on the 2008 presidential campaign as candidates seek to burnish themselves with net-wise credentials while fielding questions from some of the tech industry's most influential workers.Five White House hopefuls from both Republican and Democratic parties have stopped by Google's Silicon Valley campus in recent months to face questions and endear themselves with voters in the country's most populous state.The town hall-style forums, held in the Googleplex auditorium, most recently put Texas Republican Ron Paul in the hot seat where he was asked about tech policy, immigration, and even the federal student loan program. Paul called the Internet, where Google dominates the search and advertising business, 'rather miraculous.'As a company Google has become more active politically and has invited all presidential candidates to swing through Mountain View south of San Francisco for what chief executive Eric Schmidt has called 'a job interview with the American people.'The visits are webcast on Google-owned YouTube, complete and unedited, viewable to millions of potential voters.'We have invited prominent speakers to the campus for years,' Adam Kovacevich, Google's Washington spokesperson told Agence France-Presse. 'This was just a natural extension.'But the stop in Silicon Valley is new on the campaign path, whose familiar landmarks in the past have been Iowa pancake breakfasts and southern barbeques.Stumping candidates are eager to cash in on Google's hip factor and show voters"