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Craigslist Founder on Politics

Craigslist.org is considered by many one of the best places to find a new apartment, sell an old toaster, or even seek out love. Beyond rentals and purchases however, Craigslist is also popular with Web users looking to vent political thoughts.

That's a good thing, according to the site's founder, Craig Newmark, but he's concerned about the tone of some users. In addition to the being the face and name of the site, Newmark also handles customer service issues.

"Some of the 527s and one of the candidate's sites I'm afraid have targeted sites that involve political discussion. And unfortunately I have to clean up some of that mess, and I'm getting too old for that."

Newmark spoke Thursday at a meeting of reporters and editors at The Washington Post. He professed his support for Barack Obama.

"The great leaders of the past... they led for real. They didn't just give people orders but they got people to do stuff because it was right, at least as they thought. Obama can do that, and he's succeeding in getting millions of people involved."

Taking his support for Obama a step further, Newmark sports an Obama watch.

"What time is it?" he asked the assembled reporters and editors. "It's time for a change!"

Read and see more of Newmark's non-political statements in our Post I.T. Blog.

-- Ed O'Keefe

By Ed O'Keefe |  June 20, 2008; 5:14 PM ET Miscellaneous
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The candidates still need to get good VP's, and http://www.votenic.com holds a weekly Vice President poll, so see who America thinks should back the candidates.

Posted by: omar | June 23, 2008 9:27 AM

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