Brian Lehrer: Is this going to be the YouTube election? John Edwards: YouTube's going to play a role, I can tell you that. There's a lot happening out there happening on the net, including YouTube, outside the control of candidates and that's not a bad thing.... Lehrer: Do you think the political content on sites like YouTube is good for democracy, bad for democracy or mixed? Edwards: Very good for Democracy. Lehrer: Why? Edwards: Because we believe in a country where everyone can express their opinions. There shouldn't be, with very rare exceptions, any limit on people's ability to express those opinions. It's a marketplace of ideas and a new opportunity for grassroots activism, which is so critical to strengthening democracy. Lehrer: But people can also do attacks that are not vetted or just low blows. Somebody has a video up there of you fixing your hair for two-minutes plus. Edwards: They're entitled to do that. Listen I'm running for President of the United States. My fans can put up video of me doing something they think is extraordinary: walking through Ugandan villages. And people who are not my fans or just want to poke fun can do that. Listen, it goes with the territory. Lehrer: That video of you and your hair is No. 2 right now on YouTube when you search 'John Edwards.' That doesn't demean your presidential candidacy? Edwards? No, no, I'm human like anybody else.
Published by Jeff Jarvis February 28th, 2007 Tags: edwards, funny, interviews.
WNYC Radio's Brian Lehrer -- who has a powerful forum in New York -- is interviewing the presidential candidates and he asked John Edwards about the YouTube election and that video.