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Presidential Debate in Silicon Valley?

June 23, 2008
at 12:00 pm PST

Chris O’Brien of the San Jose Mercury News wrote a column this weekend about an effort to get a presidential debate in Silicon Valley. Our own CEO John Chambers supplied a quote to Chris on this topic saying: “Silicon Valley represents the heart of innovation and economic opportunity and is the logical place to host a presidential town hall meeting. Here in the valley, we are building new collaborative technologies such as TelePresence which would give the candidates a unique ability to engage citizens from across the country on key policies, innovation, job growth and our competitiveness as a nation.”According to the column, there is a group of engineers who is putting this effort together. O’Brien writes, “Edwin Sayre…a retired rocket engineer, is part of a groundswell of engineers and scientists who were trying to make this happen during the primary season. Under the name of Science Debate 2008, they issued a ‘Call for a Presidential Debate on Science & Technology’….They posted an online petition at www.sciencedebate2008.com that’s been signed by thousands of individuals, organizations, businesses and government officials.”So, if you’d like to see Senators Obama and McCain focus on the importance of math and science to the U.S.’s. future…as well as the importance of Silicon Valley and innovation to the U.S. economy, I encourage you to check out www.sciencedebate2008.com and let your voice be heard.

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