YouTube is now taking on the issues in the race for the White House.
In addition to the dozens of videos from the presidential candidates themselves, the popular video-sharing site's
YouChoose page includes an issue navigation function, which was unveiled this afternoon. YouTubers can watch candidate videos that address issues such as education, energy, health care, immigration, the war in Iraq and the economy. Steve Grove, head of YouTube news and politics, said that the campaigns selected which videos they wanted to represent them on each issue. The new function, Grove said, makes it "easier for people to differentiate between candidates and drill down on major issues that are central to the upcoming election."
A one-minute video from Rudy Giuliani shows a clip of his interview with PBS's Charlie Rose in which the former New York mayor characterized success in Iraq as "stability -- leaving behind an Iraq that will help us in the terrorist war against us."
A three-minute video from Sen. Barack Obama is a compilation of previous speeches and TV interviews demonstrating his opposition to the war in Iraq from the beginning. In a speech in 2002, he called it "a dumb war." In a speech earlier this year, he said, "America, it is time to start bringing our troops home."
YouTubers can upload videos responding to the candidates' positions on the issues. Earlier this year Gary Stark, a 48-year-old IT specialist in California, launched ExpertVoter.org, which also organizes candidate videos by issue. But the growing library of candidate videos on YouTube's You Choose page makes this upgrade notable. Each announced candidate has a YouTube channel, and the candidates have posted about 1,200 videos on You Choose, collectively receiving more than 13 million views.
-- Jose Antonio Vargas
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