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Google CEO Schmidt Backs Obama, Will Campaign

11/20/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Google Inc. Chief Executive Eric Schmidt will hit the campaign trail this week on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, signaling Mr. Schmidt's push for a greater voice in politics while giving the Obama campaign a boost from a highly desirable constituency.
[Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt in Washington earlier this year. He plans to campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.] Getty Images

Although the Internet-search company has numerous issues pending on Capitol Hill, Mr. Schmidt said in an interview that "I'm doing this personally," adding that "Google is officially neutral" in the campaign.

Mr. Schmidt said his planned endorsement of the Illinois senator is a "natural evolution" from his role as an informal adviser to the Obama campaign.

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