U.S Senator John McCain
speaks at Google forum
U.S. Senator John McCain
Photo courtesy U.S.
Senator John McCain
By Jason Bennert
May 5, 2007
An animated Sen. John McCain spent more than an hour answering
questions from Google employees yesterday at a town hall-style
forum at the Internet company's headquarters.
The Arizona Republican is the second presidential candidate this
year to speak to Google employees. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.,
spoke at the company in March. Google CEO Eric Schmidt began the
forum by asking McCain about his background, especially how his
period as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam has shaped him.
Google CEO Eric Schmidt
"I believe I can be the president for these times,"
"My beliefs, my past... Make me qualified to be Commander-in-Chief."
McCain did not hesitate to criticize President George W. Bush
about both the war in Iraq and his inability to control the federal
In response to a question McCain promised to veto the kind of
pork barrel projects that he said Bush has approved.
"I will veto it and make the authors of those projects famous.
You will know their names on Google," McCain said.
McCain's forum will be posted
on YouTube, a Web site owned by Google. Clinton's Arch forum
is also posted
on YouTube, according to Google spokesman Adam Kovacevich.
The company hopes that this forum is not the last one of this
"We've invited all of the presidential candidates,"
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