Exclusive John Edwards interview: Talking about Social Media and its role in running for President

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Last week, I was invited to ride on Senator John Edwards’s plane as he visited four states (Louisiana, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada) following his announcement that he is running for President in the 2008 election. Here I sat down with him in the back of the plane while we traveled between New Hampshire and Nevada where I interviewed him about why he is running and what role social media will play in the election. Sorry for the poor audio and video quality, my super-dooper HD camcorder was broken earlier. Funny enough, just as I was asking him about what he’d like technologists to do, the battery died on my backup camcorder. So, the rest of the interview is available as an audio file (I was using a backup audio recorder, which caught the funny moment).

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31 Responses to “Exclusive John Edwards interview: Talking about Social Media and its role in running for President”

  1. Exclusive With Sen. John Edwards, Audio Only | ScobleShow: Videoblog about geeks, technology, and developers Says:

    […] While I was recording John Edwards in one of his many, many “exclusive” interviews last week, following his announcement that he’s running for President, I ran into some technical difficulties with the camera (battery life!). Luckily, I did have an audio recorder going, just in case. The video, at least until the battery conked out, is available here. This is the complete interview, audio only. […]

  2. Exclusive With Sen. John Edwards, Audio Only | PodTech.net: Technology, Business, Media, and News Podcasts Says:

    […] While I was recording John Edwards in one of his many, many “exclusive” interviews last week, following his announcement that he’s running for President, I ran into some technical difficulties with the camera (battery life!). Luckily, I did have an audio recorder going, just in case. The video, at least until the battery conked out, is available here. This is the complete interview, audio only. […]

  3. Edwards interview up « Scobleizer - Tech Geek Blogger Says:

    […] the video of Edwards’ interview is here and the audio of just the part of the interview that got cut short by mybattery death is here. Filed under: PodTech.net @ 2:22 pm # […]

  4. arghyle » Blog Archive » Scoble Interviews John Edwards Says:

    […] It looks like Robert Scoble’s first interview with John Edwards was posted over at Podtech today. […]

  5. Maman Poulet » Blog Archive » Happy New Year and Blogging the Election Says:

    […] Update: Scoble’s interview with Edwards which was filmed last week is now online. They talk blogging and campaigns amongst other issues. […]

  6. Blogumentary [chuck olsen] Says:

    Scoble interviews Edwards…

    Watch the airplane interview here I love this. Rocketboom got the first vlog exclusive interview, but Scoble’s interview is even more “vloggy” because it’s on a plane and more casual. Although it’s tragic that his expensive HD camera broke, I…

  7. Dorn Witendale Says:

    John Edwards knows a lot about poverty, after all, he’s helped throw a lot of people into it with:

    - his co-sponsorship of H-1b visas,

    - his support for illegal aliens,

    - his vote for MFN-China

    but what about stuff like iraq war and the patriot act?

    well, he voted for them too

    About the only think you can say for Edwards is, he spent so much time running for president that he didnt have time to do more damage as senator

    You’ve got to ask yourself - ‘what did he do, with the power he had, when he had it?

  8. Mobile Phone Fan » Blog Archive » most interesting video interview I have seen lately Says:

    […] … is this one that due to damage to the main camera of the operator, was recorded with this camera: […]

  9. John Edwards and Social Media · SEO Buzz Box Says:

    […] Here is the audio interview by Scoble, they were sitting close to the engines in the small plane so it was a little noisy. […]

  10. cornerbirch » Blog Archive » stayed up too late Says:

    […] i stayed up entirely too late last night.  i watched thomas crown affair (love that movie).  worked a little with adding speakers to our new website.  read a couple articles online.  watched a videocast on john edwards.  listened/watched piper’s sermon from passion07.  after finding out i couldn’t sleep i then watched the devil wears prada (actually not bad). […]

  11. Blog Business Summit Says:

    John Edwards on Using Social Media to Pierce the Bubble…

    I just finished watching Robert Scoble’s interview with John Edwards on ScobleShow and I thought Edwards said something that was pretty important when it comes to business blogging. Robert asked him whether he would maintain the same level of tra…

  12. David “Dsquared” Dalka - Creating Revenue and Retention - Chicago GSB MBA » How to Forge a New American Mandate Via Social Media Political Revolution Says:

    […] Robert Scoble’s political journey with John Edwards recently bought back memories of when I once worked on a Presidential primary campaign in 1992. It’s hard and one of the most tiring things you could ever volunteer to be a part of! Regardless of your political beliefs (I’m generally a politically interested independent issues driven voter), you can’t help but gain respect for anyone willing to put themselves through the grueling election process once you’ve seen it up close. Scoble’s posts made me think how can we truly integrate social media into campaigns(and after the election). John Edwards said in his interview with Scoble that we need “a bottom up democracy.” It’s an amazing challenge requiring change in our government not seen in over a generation. The campaigns for President of John Edwards, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Tom Vilsack, Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Newt Gingrinch, Frank Keating, Chuck Hagel, Mike Huckabee, George Pataki, Mitt Romney and Tommy Thompson would be wise not to adopt this as a tactic but as a way to redesign government’s interaction with our citizens. Democrat or Republican is not the issue here. Oddly it came at a time where another conversation begged to be mashed up with it, so here it goes: […]

  13. Multi-Media Me » Just watched Scoble’s video Interview with Gates as well as the one with Edwards Says:

    […] Proir to watching that I checked out his interview with John Edwards and I am more and more impressed with him. He was great at Gnomedex last year and in the interview talks about transparancy and bursting the bubble that gets put around candidates and the President, ala the secret service, I wonder what conversation with Michael Chertoff is going to be like…. Ok Mike I will only let the bloggers in when the threat level is below yellow but you have to keep republicans out if it above yellow. Participate! Leave your comment. […]

  14. Multi-Media Me » Just watched Scoble’s video Interview with Gates as well as the one with Edwards Says:

    […] Proir to watching that I checked out his interview with John Edwards and I am more and more impressed with him. He was great at Gnomedex last year and in the interview talks about transparancy and bursting the bubble that gets put around candidates and the President, ala the secret service, I wonder what conversation with Michael Chertoff is going to be like…. Ok Mike I will only let the bloggers in when the threat level is below yellow but you have to keep republicans out if it above yellow. Participate! Leave your comment. […]

  15. Get A New Browser » Blog Archive » John Edwards + New Media = Campaign Says:

    […] Watch […]

  16. Scoble To HuffPo: Edwards was first not Barack at Blog the Campaign in 08 Says:

    […] Most of the online world including the Huffington Post tells us that Barack is the candidate to first use online video to announce his run for the oval office. Robert Scoble of Podtech sets everyone straight that in fact the first candidate to use an online tool was John Edwards.  Robert sat down with Senator Edwards and was able to ask some questions and the Senator used this social media tool as a way of breaking the news that in fact for the last 24 hours since the interview, he was looking to win the election in 2008. […]

  17. Hodson Report » Canadian political bloggers - could this be our year? Says:

    […] To the point that a tech blogger like Robert Scoble got first hand access to the John Edwards announcement tour and now we have Barack Obama announcing his 2008 bid with an online video. Technology and blogging have become an integral part of their reporting system now and in ways their are only beginning to discover. […]

  18. Blog Business Summit Says:

    Clinton Invites Supporters to Kick Off Her Campaign Blog…

    The Clinton campaign has announced that they will soon be kicking off their campaign blog, and they’ve asked supporters to submit the first post. I think this is kind of a cool idea so far as buzz building and community……

  19. The politicians come begging tech for money « Scobleizer - Tech Geek Blogger Says:

    […] The politicians come begging tech for money Ahh, yes, Fred, of A VC blog, nails why I think John Edwards had me on his plane last month. Tech has money. Politicians need it to run for office. […]

  20. Charbax Blog » The Youtube school concept Says:

    […] I think the big companies have understood that the audiences now have become rather immune to expensive well produced and well edited advertising videos. So has the politicians. Check out John Edwards video http://www.podtech.net/scobleshow/technology/1295/exclusive-john-edwards-interview-talking-about-social-media-and-its-role-in-running-for-president […]

  21. MinorRipper Says:

    Edwards is shedding the softie,breck girl image though…here’s video proof:
    www.minor-ripper.blogspot.com

  22. Seçim 2.0 | Okyanus Ötesi Says:

    […] Geçmiş seçimlerden teknolojiye yakınlığı ile bilinen John Edwards kampanyasını duyururken yanına blog ünlülerinden Robert Scoble’i aldı ve onunla video ropörtaj yaptı internette yayınlanmak üzere. Edwards sitesinde Flickr, Facebook, Myspace ve YouTube gibi sitelere bağlantı veriyor. […]

  23. Kira Says:

    what will you do about poverty??

  24. Web Strategy by Jeremiah » Web Strategies of the 2008 Presidential Candidates Says:

    […] Blogger Relations John Edwards was one of the first to invite bloggers along with him on the trail, he let PodTech’s Robert Scoble share his intention to run for presidency. Watch the PodTech video, where I work. Blog Widget Marketing for Fund Raising I was one of the first to notice this trend about a year ago. Rudy has a widget that can be added to any blog, which helps him raise money. “To raise money, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani is using one of the newer tech innovations, a “widget.” His site offers supporters computer code to paste on their own blogs. Blog readers who click on that widget are sent to Giuliani’s JoinRudy2008 site, where officials can collect their e-mail addresses and other information.” -USA Today, April 06 […]

  25. Individual business blog » Blog Archive » John Edwards on Using Social Media to Pierce the Bubble Says:

    […] I just finished watching Robert Scoble?#8217;s interview with John Edwards on ScobleShow and I thought Edwards said something that was pretty important when it comes to business blogging. […]

  26. Individual business blog » Blog Archive » Clinton Invites Supporters to Kick Off Her Campaign Blog Says:

    […] I plan to ask her whether or not she?#8217;ll be using other social media applications like YouTube, Facebook, etc. and (to take a page from Scoble?#8217;s book) whether she intends to keep using them if she?#8217;s actually elected. […]

  27. Contraste: Com que olhos os blogs são vistos? « Cortando a Película Says:

    […] John Edwards, candidato democrata, foi além e convidou Robert Scoble para acompanhá-lo na viagem em que lançaria sua candidatura. […]

  28. NoSlaves.com — Cyberactivism on Trade, Economics and Labor Arbitrage Says:

    […] One of the best quotes I’ve seen on the blogs is: John Edwards knows a lot about poverty, after all, he’s helped throw a lot of people into it Share and Recommend: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. […]

  29. SALLY Says:

    Unless John Edwards is the Democratic nominee for president, I will not even bother to vote. Hillary has promised to work within the system which menas she will be tied to lobbyists. Obama is only an echo of Edwards. John Edwards has the ideals which we are all seeking in a president; NO PERSON WILL BE EXCLUDED!

  30. NoSlaves.com Says:

    […] 4th, 2007 · 8 Comments John Edwards Makes Me Mad. I’m sorry, I’m a Democrat but I have to say that. Thereason I say that is he claims to be for working America yet clearly is out to labor arbitrage American Professional workers through the expansion of the H-1b Visa program. From September 03, 2007 San Jose Mercury News: EDWARDS: Regarding the H-1B visa question: I think it is important for us to have available, for the work that’s being done here in this valley, plus all over the country, the talent and the mental capacity we need. So the H-1B visa program is important; it should be expanded, based on the needs that exist. Also important is that America needs to be doing a much better, more-effective job in producing, from our own young people, the talent pool that can perform these jobs, and my view is that we are not concentrating on science and math the way that we need to. We’re not concentrating on graduate education in those areas the way we need to. But immigration is a very hot topic out there in America, and a very divisive topic. You can be in front of a group of progressive Democrats, and there will be a lot of people in the room who want to know what you’re going to do about the illegal immigrants, and they’re not thinking about a path to citizenship. Secondly, I do think we should be tougher on employers who are knowingly violating the law, and in many cases, abusing workers. But the third piece, and this is the more controversial one, I do think that there should be a path to citizenship, and it needs to be a meaningful path to citizenship. I think the path that was in the bill that was last considered by the Senate was completely unrealistic. I mean most undocumented workers in America would never meet that standard, which means they would never become American citizens. And I don’t want to live in a country that’s made up of first-class citizens and second-class laborers. That’s not America Oh really John? What is YOUR America? One where the best jobs in the country are labor arbitraged through massive increases in guest worker Programs? Look at the hypocracy of this paragraph! He claims that he doesn’t want a two tier society but the first thing he wants is to expand a program to send highly skilled and educated American professionals to the poor house! It’s well known there is NO WORKER SHORTAGE and it is also well known that the H-1B Visa program is being used to labor arbitrage American workers. Yet there he is promising to throw more U.S. citizens under a bus, completely ignoring the overwhelming evidence that the H-1B guest worker Visa is harming American professional workers. And his great help to protect United States Professional workers in the Senate? Well, to cosponsor one of the largest H-1B guest worker Visas in history. Is that why you promised Silicon valley executives more labor arbitraging guest worker Visas? Look, here he is at a India PAC organization. I just wrote a story on how this organization is representing India’s, not America’s interests. Here’s the ILW pointing this out. So, as Silicon valley demands Democrats throw U.S. workers to the dogs, what kind of financial haul did Edwards get? at least $3.1 million. And one must ask themselves if Google, Microsoft and Oracle actually paid US workers that money instead of trying to buy off Presidential Candidates and congress representatives would their be an overall financial savings? That’s a lot of dough being spread in the great desire to screw over U.S. workers. Or is it that the AILA is busy making individual campaign contributions so you really want to make sure you butter their bread through enabling their industry of processing guest worker Visas? Now if ya all think I’m being harsh on Edwards, well, the reality is many activists have tried to not only point out this horrific position to the campaign, they have also presented Edwards with study after study on how there is no worker shortage and how this program is a glorified offshore outsourcing and labor arbitrage system. Does he care? Obviously NOT! Here is his voting record on guest worker Visas: Cosponsored legislation to import more low-skill foreign workers in 2004 Sen. Edwards cosponsored S. 2252, the Save Summer Act of 2004. Introduced by Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), S. 2252 would have raised the annual cap on H-2B visas for 2004 by 40,000, for a total of 106,000 H-2B visas. This would have allowed thousands of low skill foreign workers to enter the U.S. and compete with American workers. Voted for a foreign worker bill with no anti-fraud measures in 2000. Sen.Edwards voted for S.2045, the Abraham foreign worker bill to nearly triple the number of foreign high-tech workers. On the heels of the release of a GAO report finding no proof of a high-tech worker shortage and evidence of abuse in the H-1B program, Sen. Edwards voted for this foreign worker bill that contained no worker protections or anti-fraud measures. The bill passed the Senate 96-1. I’m sorry but to claim to be for working America is despicable, it’s disgusting! At least Hillary makes no bones about the fact she’s in the pocket of NASSCOM! This pretense of a populist position is an old wolves in sheep’s clothing tale. I find it much worse for one pretends to be in favor of working America…like the fox who proclaims to be a chicken simply to gain access to the hen house! For anyone reading this, there is one Democrat standing tall for Professional workers and that is Dennis Kucinich. We’re not alone in this outrage. Here’s another blogger calling Edwards Marie Antoinette. One of the best quotes I’ve seen on the blogs is: John Edwards knows a lot about poverty, after all, he’s helped throw a lot of people into it Share and Recommend: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages. […]

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