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Plouffe's Latest Televised Morale-Boosting Session

Updated 1:18 p.m.
By Ed O'Keefe
"It's going to be an unprecedented sleaze factory."

So says Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, predicting an unprecedented barrage of negative ads, mailers and speeches by the McCain campaign and anti-Obama groups in the final days of the presidential campaign.

The latest video message to donors by Obama's senior adviser includes clips of negative ads about the senator's abortion record, his vote on a bill removing good behavior allowances for certain inmates, and his gun rights record.

Plouffe calls GOP vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin's recent comments about Obama and former 60s radical William Ayers "completely beyond the pale" and notes that one of McCain's attack ads has been "roundly criticized" by news organizations.

"The only way we're going to fight back in the next 22 days against these smears and win this election, is for you, out in the states, to make sure that you're talking to your neighbors," Plouffe says.

Video messages to supporters are nothing new: McCain campaign adviser Rick Davis briefed interested parties in a 14-minute video strategy session over the summer and Plouffe has fronted similar televised cheerleading sessions before.

In response, the McCain campaign issued a statement from spokesman Michael Goldfarb focused on Plouffe's comments that Palin's comments about Obama and terrorists are "beyond the pale."

"The 'terrorists' in question would be William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, the husband and wife team behind the Weather Underground, a group responsible for attacks against the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol," Goldfarb says, adding: "The only thing 'beyond the pale' here is the Obama campaign's failure to explain how it is that Barack Obama carried on a decade long friendship with a man who sought to topple the U.S. government through violence."

By Web Politics Editor  |  October 14, 2008; 10:04 AM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama  
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Comments

Now, I'm gonna vote for bin Biden, of course but I'm kinda pissed at Mr. Plouffe for sending me his campaign e-mails every day. Not only is this annoying political crap but I can't even bounce them back to him because their IP # is scrambled/masked.

I GET it, Mr. Plouffe. I'm on your side. I'll vote for Obama.

But enough of your agitprop cluttering my
mailbox!

Posted by: VMR1 | October 15, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Where have people like "USA3" been for the last 8 years???

REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN IN CHARGE, AND REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN ON A SPENDING SPREE -USING TAXPAYERS' MONEY-REPUBLICANS HAVE RUN UP THE DEFICIT BY TRILLIONS! TRILLIONS!!! "FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY" MY A$$!!!!!!


I don't want to hear one more word from some republican warning that Democrats would "raise taxes and increase spending" OR that Obama is "socialist".

GW Bush, our REPUBLICAN president has just made moves to nationalize US banks!!!

The Republican bailout measure is socialism for the rich!


REPUBLICANS ARE BIG SPENDING, IRRESPONSIBLE, AND IN FAVOR OF SOCIALISM-FOR THE RICH.

So until and unless you actually have any facts or ANY reason-even an ounce of credibility- behind a claim that Obama would be a big spender- after these years of financial disaster by republicans, SHUT YOUR MOUTH!

America is in a crisis, and we have a Republican president-and his Republican accomplices- to blame!

Posted by: julieds | October 14, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Ever wonder what would happen if MTV hosted a presidential debate, well now you get to find out.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=752cvy86qH8

Seems McCain may be asking Palin to take his place in the debate tonight.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMebGbcC2Sg

Posted by: pastor123 | October 14, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

obama is unqualified for
the position of president.
If he was white he would
be laughed off the stage.
This is oddly bizarre that
this liberal 'free at last'
codependent american state
is what you fools will leave
to your children.
HUGE SPENDING....
a government financed home
for everyone, on the backs
of america's working middle
class, we seem able to pay
for bailouts and social 'programs'
but we cant come up with the money
to send our kids to Harvard.
where do we sign up for the
obama train of freebies???

LostInWhiteAmerica

Nobama

Posted by: USA3 | October 14, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Go David Plouffe!

Obama/Biden '08

It's America's Time

Posted by: Obama2008 | October 14, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

The Obama robots at the behest of Plouffe have been way ahead on the sleaze, especially targeting Palin.

Little known fact-- Obama has run more negative ads in terms of actual numbers against McCain.

As for 3rd party ads, those for Obama/against McCain have also been greater in number. Maybe Plouffe should have said that McCain 3rd party ads are now just about ready to catch up.

Posted by: nickyle | October 14, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

People who hate Bush have nothing more to offer.

Posted by: JakeD | October 14, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

FINALLY! The REAL TRUTH about Obama

He ain't perfect
But he ain't Republican
And THAT's all that counts

Besides PALIN=BUSH in a Skirt

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 14, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

has anything McCain or Palin noted about Obama been UNTRUE?

Posted by: JakeD | October 14, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

McCAIN-PALIN'S "FELLOW TRAVELER" INSINUATIONS...

WHAT IF U.S. SECURITY FORCES AGREE?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/mccain-palins-fellow-traveler-insinuations-what-if-u-s-security-forces-agree

Posted by: scrivener50 | October 14, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

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