Candidate Obama starts his presidential bid by focusing on his opposition of the Iraq War, but by the general election, the economy is issue No. 1.
Schmidt (left), former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley, and Obama.
As the financial storm gathers, Obama convenes an economic brain trust, filled with academic luminaries and former officials like Larry Summer, Robert Reich, and Paul Volcker. Seated front and center is Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
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