Google In Quotes Helps Track Statements From Presidential Hopefuls

Posted Sep 25, 2008

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has released a new project in the Labs called In Quotes.  In quotes is a way to track what the two leading presidential hopefuls have to say about certain topics. 

“While political consistency (or inconsistency) can be funny, as [Jon] Stewart pointed out in a recent episode of the Daily Show, it can also be a serious political matter,” stated Jack Hebert on the Google News Blog.  “With upcoming elections in the United States and Canada, we’ve built a tool that you can use to compare what candidates and other political figures are saying about different issues: we call it ‘In Quotes.’ As you might know, Google News already extracts quotes from news articles. Even so, it was a pretty tedious process to compare what two people were saying about a particular topic.”

Google In Quotes users can type in a certain keyword and then Google will find news articles that quote both of the presidential hopefuls on that keyword.  Some of the hot keywords that are suggested includes abortion, Bush, change, economy, education, election, health care, housing, energy, environment, human rights, immigration, Iran, Iraq, marriage, oil, recession, social security, and taxes.

Since the highlight of today is John McCain’s desire to postpone the debates and suspend his campaign, I did a search on campaign.  Below is a screenshot of what I found.  Click on the image to enlarge it.

This is the most important election of our generation.  I want to make sure that our next President stays consistent with what he says throughout his campaign.  I want to be able to track when one of the hopefuls says that the “fundamentals of our economy are strong” and then a few days later say that the “American economy is in danger.”  It doesn’t matter if it is McCain or Obama, we as voters need to make sure that our future President knows what he is doing.