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U.S. Presidential hopefuls turn to YouTube

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 01 Mar 2007 6:27 User comments (3)

U.S. Presidential hopefuls turn to YouTube Candidates for the U.S. 2008 Presidential Election are attempting to get some publicity from Google Inc's video sharing site, YouTube. Democrats Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards and Bill Richardson, and Republicans John McCain, Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani, have made their own channel on You Choose '08, setup by YouTube to allow candidates to exchange views with users.
Candidates can post videos on a specific subject and members of YouTube can post video responses or questions for the Candidates to answer. The politicians will of course, have control over what actually appears on their channel, but YouTube has proven to a weapon to use against a political opponent in the past.

If you remember, Republican Senator George Allen of Virginia, lost a closely fought election when a video surfaced on YouTube, showing him referring to a rival's staffer as "macaca", which is an African monkey. The man was of Indian origin.

Source:
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3 user comments

11.3.2007 23:08

OH brother here we go already! Now it a never ending fight between the elections between people I wouldn't let manage my piggy bank!

22.3.2007 8:34

the first question to the candidates should be "so.... do you watch copywrited material on youtube?"

i bet they do, even if its just news reports.

32.3.2007 19:01

priceless georgeluv just priceless..... oops I hope I didn't infringe upon a trademark!

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