Obama gets backing of Google CEO

Chief Executive Eric Schmidt will hit the campaign trail this week on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama The Wall Street Journal reports.

The Google chief said in an interview that "I'm doing this personally," adding that "Google is officially neutral" in the campaign. Schmidt is the second high profile individual to publically back Obama following Colin Powell's backing on Sunday. Powell was President George W. Bush's first secretary of state.

On Tuesday Schmidt will appear with Obama at a Florida event, where they will moderate a panel on the economy. Schmidt said it will be his "first time on the trail."

We reported
recently that Google are in talks with the U.S. Justice Department in an effort to head off an antitrust challenge to their proposed advertising agreement. In the interview with the Wall Street Journal Schmidt said "My sense is, the Justice Department makes judgments on these issues independent of politics."

Google announced its Q3 earnings report last Thursday which was a lot better than the industry expected.

Editor note: Obama or McCain supporter, we noticed the following video on YouTube. Pretty interesting rap.

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