November 29th, 2007
06:00 PM ET
3 years ago

George Allen: Internet is good for democracy

Watch George Allen's Situation Room interview.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - In this video clip, former Sen. George Allen of Virginia speaks with CNN’S Wolf Blitzer about Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson.

Allen, a co-chairman of Thompson’s presidential campaign, discusses Thompson’s performance during Wednesday’s CNN/YouTube Republican presidential debate and a Thompson ad targeting GOP rivals Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney that the Thompson campaign submitted to CNN for the YouTube debate.

Allen, whose 2006 Senate re-election bid was undone by his "macaca" video moment distributed via YouTube, tells Blitzer he thinks the Internet’s impact on politics is good for American democracy. “The more that people are informed and have access to information and ideas, the better,” says Allen, likening the Internet to the printing press. Allen also talks with Blitzer about whether he will ever run for political office again. Watch Allen’s Situation Room interview.

–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Joe

    If only Allen was in this race things would be much different.

    November 30, 2007 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  2. Rob, San Diego, CA

    If only Allen was in this race things would be much different.

    Posted By Joe : November 30, 2007 1:05 am

    You’re right Joe, it would have been different...because it would have been a complete blow out and the Democrats would coast their way right into the White House.

    Allen couldn’t even win his (VERY) Republican state of Virginia in the race for the Senate! How on earth would he expect to rally independents and swing voters to his cause?

    His “Macaca” comment was a gross display of racism and his days in the spotlight are over as a result. He’ll ride out the remainder of his career in politics in a back-seat role, as a commentator, or like most of these former Senators, as lobbyist.

    November 30, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. PW Va

    Allen's political legacy??? His "Macaca" moment on YouTube. The man is and always has been irrelevant!!! good riddance.

    December 1, 2007 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    "Allen's political legacy??? His "Macaca" moment on YouTube. The man is and always has been irrelevant!!! good riddance."

    I couldn't agree with you more. He's useless...

    Chris
    Dental Spa Center

    January 14, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |

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