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How much will technology influence your vote for president?

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama promises to appoint the nation's first chief technology officer if elected.

Last week he made mobile history by sending a text message to 2.9 million people announcing that he picked as his running mate Sen. Joe Biden, who isn't beloved by the geek elite. Biden scored a 37.5 percent on the voter guide for CNET, a technology news site.

Sen. John McCain, meanwhile, has told the press he doesn't send e-mails and is still getting accustomed to using the Internet.

But the same doesn't go for his running mate, the BlackBerry-wielding Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who had bloggers buzzing early Friday about her tech-centric lifestyle. She's also three years younger than Obama.

Does the next president need to be wired to gain the vote of the American people? It's an issue that has been raised frequently in technology communities and exploited by campaigns to gain an advantage.

How much does it impact your decision on who to vote for?

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Josh

At least we know that neither won't mind our electronic communications being monitored.

BarryFitz

It may be true that being able to send an e-mail is a higher construct that not being able to turn on a computer at all. Since the speed of technological invention is increasing every day, it behooves a candidate for any office to be able to become fluent in technological matters. If technology is the litmus test for Presidents and Vice, it may be true that the absence of technological acumen could diminish
the public perception of the candidate's intelligence. Candidates who have technological awareness should speak the language of mature eruditeness.

Janice

Whether the Presidential candidates are tech savvy or not, really doesn't matter. I am sure that they have "people" for that.

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