Craigslist Founder Touts Obama

Tuesday, 05 Feb 2008 01:04 PM

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Craig Newmark, founder of the mostly free social networking and classifieds Web site Craigslist, has come out in support of Barack Obama in the race for the White House.

Newmark disclosed that he was backing Obama in an interview with LAist, a Web site focusing on Los Angeles. Asked why, he responded:

“First, the guy is an actual leader. People across our country want to restore American values in the way we run our government. He has inspired people to get together. That’s what it means to be a leader. He’s trying to change government to one in which people can run it.

“In the interest of fair play, I’ve asked someone from the Hillary [campaign] to contact me but haven’t heard anything.”

Asked why he is not supporting Hillary, Newmark said: “I do think she is a good candidate. I really do believe in her, but not as much as Obama.”

Newmark, who told Newsmax that he respects Bill Clinton because, "In the last seven years, I've realized that he was much better than I [thought], and I respect his philanthropic work," was also asked about the “accusations [Bill] has lobbed Obama’s way and his tone the last few weeks?”

Said Newmark: “Bill Clinton has done some great stuff, some great things for this country, but he needs to check his facts. He has been wrong on a lot of things and the folks at Fact Check exposed a lot of things he has said as wrong.”

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