This is a rush transcript from "Your World With Neil Cavuto," September 2, 2008. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: Have you ever wondered, if there were no Google, would there be a Barack Obama? The Web giant's CEO just saying that the Internet helped catapult — or, shall we say, just vault Barack Obama to the Democratic nomination. Certainly a great deal, did it not?
Well, the Obama campaign's networking and e-mailing and texting — they had nothing to do with that texting of the V.P. thing, by the way — millions of its supporters are Googling.
And Google CEO Eric Schmidt joins me right now, the same day his company, by the way, invades Microsoft's browser turf with a product of its own to take on Internet Explorer.
Eric, very good to have you.
ERIC SCHMIDT, CEO, GOOGLE: Great to have you.
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You know the idea, that your company made Barack Obama.
SCHMIDT: Well, I think that each of these candidates makes themselves.
What is interesting about the Obama campaign is, if you think about two — two years ago, Mrs. Clinton was the incumbent, and a relatively poorly known challenger used the Internet to get his message out. That opportunity is before us for every politician and for the next election and the next election.
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And I think politicians, going forward, are all going to have very early and very sophisticated Internet campaigns. By the way, the McCain campaign, when they — remember when they hit that revenue problem and they were kind of down on money? They kept their spending on the Internet, showing some foresightedness, I thought.
CAVUTO: All right. But I was told that the Obama folks and Barack Obama himself actively sought you out.
SCHMIDT: Well, all of the candidates have come to visit Google, which is, I think, a nice testament how they're trying...
CAVUTO: No, no, but he was the earliest.
SCHMIDT: But all of — but all of them called us. I don't know that he or any of the other ones were earliest.
CAVUTO: All right. And his calls were returned?
SCHMIDT: We return them all.
SCHMIDT: We really do.
CAVUTO: Is there a preference at Google?
SCHMIDT: Google is largely in a — in California, which is largely a liberal state, so there is probably a — a sort of voter choice. But the company itself, of course, is completely apolitical. And we're really technologists, and we believe in the Internet. So, we're voting for the Internet, basically.
CAVUTO: All right. But it is a community that — the young guys who founded your company and recruited you are thought to be big Obama fans. Am I right?
SCHMIDT: Most people have not expressed a preference. But I think most — if I were to describe the employee base...
SCHMIDT: ... I would say, most of the employee base are young, relatively technology-focused, and not very political.
CAVUTO: What about you?
SCHMIDT: Personally? I think of the technology, and I...
CAVUTO: Good answer.
Let me ask you about technology and in the race. And I know you are talking on Microsoft now and Internet Explorer and all this, beyond what you have done in the Web search area, where you dominate the world here — that this is a success that you want — want to build on, because Democrats typically have a more friendly view of technology than Republicans — I don't know if that is true or not, but that is the view — and there would be a more favorable environment for a company like yours with a Democrat in the White House.
SCHMIDT: But I'm not sure I agree with any of that.
I mean, if you go back to the 1980s, the Republicans won much of the South in a very historic campaign using very clever radio technologies, way back when, 25 years ago. So, there is no particular reason to think that technology favors one political party or the other. It's available to them for their use.
Both of the leading campaigns have used YouTube, for example, very, very — in very, very sophisticated ways to get their message out, because people are online. And, by the way, it is not just young people. That's another — that's another sort of prejudice everybody has. They think, it is all just young people.
It's lots of people. The demographic is everybody. They're on YouTube. They're using the Internet. Mrs. Palin was — was announced as a candidate, and many people did not know who she was. What do they do? They use Google to find out more about her.
CAVUTO: That's right. That's right.