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Senator wins Nickelodeon’s ‘Kids Vote’; Google CEO gives endorsement; Miri Ben-Ari’s video tribute October 22, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama has won Nickelodeon’s 2008 Kids Pick the President “Kids’ Vote” following a record-breaking number of votes — upwards of 2.2 million — cast in the online poll. Obama received 51% of the vote (1,167,087), and Senator McCain received 49% (1,129,945). Kids were able to vote online from Oct. 12-20. Leading up to the vote, Nick News aired four election-themed episodes including: “Kids Primary”; “Election Issues”; Tales from the Trail”; and “Kids Pick the President.” Additionally, this year Nickelodeon hit the campaign trail with its Election Connection Team-Lily Collins, Lil’ JJ and Pick Boy-providing kids with an insider’s look at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions through blogs, interstitial programming and PSAs.       

       *Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, an informal adviser to Barack Obama for several months, is joining the Democratic nominee on the campaign trail, reports the San Jose Mercury News. Schmidt was to appear Tuesday with Obama in the swing state of Florida to talk about the economy. Although Schmidt announced his backing of Obama in Monday’s Wall Street Journal, he has been advising the campaign on technology and clean-energy issues for most of the summer. A statement from Google said the company “of course remains neutral” in the presidential race. As for Schmidt, the statement continues, “he believes that it is time for a change in America. In addition, his personal views on technology and energy are similar to Senator Obama’s.” Online fundraising records indicate that among Google employees, Obama is much more popular than GOP rival John McCain.


       *Hip Hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari has released a new music video entitled “Stand With Me,” a rendition of the National Anthem dedicated to Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama. [Watch below.] With her native Israel being an important foreign policy subject, Ben-Ari hopes to influence the Jewish community to place more support behind Sen. Obama. “At this time of economic crisis, we need leadership that can bring change to our country while capturing the essence of the American Dream,” Ben-Ari explained to AllHipHop.com. “Coming to America as a new immigrant, poor and without my family helped me to better understand and appreciate the American Dream.” Russell Simmons and fashion designer Marc Ecko make appearances in the clip.


“Stand With Me” – Miri Ben-Ari


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