Sunday, July 15, 2007

Candidates at Google: Ron Paul

Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) became the fifth presidential candidate to visit the Googleplex Friday (following Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Bill Richardson and John Edwards), and the liberty-loving congressman was greeted by an overflow crowd of Googlers.

"I want to be president not because I want to run your lives," Rep. Paul told the crowd. "I don't want to be president to run the economy. I don't want to be president to run the world. I want to be president to restore liberty. I want a government that protects your privacy and exposes government secrecy."

The San Jose Mercury News reported that "Paul did call the Internet 'rather miraculous,' as he pitched his free-market, small-government mantra to the employees, many of whom came in shorts and even one in bare feet...But he did not sanitize his talk for his Net-centric audience. He said he does not support network neutrality, the concept that telecommunications companies should be restricted from controlling broadband access to the detriment of Web companies like Google, nor does he support tech-friendly immigration reforms in Congress recently. And he doesn't believe in federal student government loans, which a huge majority of the audience, by a show of hands, had used to make it through college."

Check out the complete video of Rep. Paul's town hall meeting with employees:

Rep. Paul also sat for an interview with
YouTube's Steve Grove, with the questions posed entirely by YouTube community members:


Randall said...

Who IS Ron Paul?
Why would he get this much support?

Do your OWN homework.

NOBODY explains Ron Paul
BETTER than Ron Paul himself!

Here is an interactive audio archive of
Ron Paul speeches and interviews as a resource in chronological

Michael said...

That is a comprehensive list. For a quick intro I would recommend:

David Cintron said...

I think it's great that Googlers get a chance to hear from presidential candidates. I mean, what other company receives this kind of attention. I hope Dr. Paul's message of liberty and individual freedom was paid attention to by all in attendance, for there could be nothing better for the internet and companies like Google if a freer market was taken seriously.

Philipp Lenssen said...

I have a question on another topic in regards to policy:

1. Does Google support the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation), and if so, in what ways? (If not, why not?)
2. Does Google support the EFF's "Stop Internet Censorship: Free Speech Online Blue Ribbon" campaign, and if so, how? (And again, if not, why?)

Speedmaster said...

Ron Paul is fantastic, a true defender of liberty and the Constitution.

Lauren said...

Thank you SO MUCH for posting this on YouTube!!!! Ron Paul is absolutely everything I would want in a candidate! GO RON PAUL, WE LOVE YOU!

Laser Gujided Loogie said...

The Problem with Ron Paul's limited government beliefs is that there are a whole lot of people who are compromised by the system. They WANT big government, either because they work for it, get contracts from it, or get social welfare benefits of some kind. It's the ultimate payola. It's hard for Ron Paul to compete with that.


Volker said...

google is doing pretty well
in doing no evil...