“A star-studded list of technology executives on Wednesday will endorse President Bush for another term, saying they believe the Republican candidate’s positions are a better choice for the high-tech industry. The endorsement at a Seattle event by the group of executives, including Dell Chairman Michael Dell, Teledesic Chairman Craig McCaw, and Microsoft Executive Vice President Bob Herbold, represents the latest round of jockeying between Republicans and Democrats over which presidential candidate can claim the most tech-friendly stance,” Declan McCullagh reports for CNET News.com.
“The event coincides with the release of a short Web video clip, titled “Innovators,” that features tech leaders touting Bush. The video clip also includes eBay CEO Meg Whitman, Barksdale Management CEO Jim Barksdale and Autodesk Chairman Carol Bartz,” McCullagh reports. “‘After several tough years, tech is bouncing back,” Bartz says in the video. “This is due in no small measure to this administration’s pro-growth policies.’ Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers adds that Bush ‘understands the key high-tech issues,’ such as how best to deploy broadband connections.”
“Like Bush, Democratic candidate John Kerry has made outreach attempts in Silicon Valley, which have included landing Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs as an informal adviser,” McCullagh reports. “But Kerry’s views run the risk of alienating some technology executives. He has told the AFL-CIO that he is critical of ‘excessive’ executive compensation and added that ‘I also support expensing stock options.’ Bush, on the other hand, has in the past said he supports the current mechanism of expensing stock options.”
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